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Monday, January 28, 2013
Notebook: Isaac gets a visitor

By Blair Angulo

Recruits toss around the word commitment quite loosely these days. For ESPN 150 running back Ty Isaac (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic Academy), it carries greater meaning than that.

“The word has established where I’m at,” Isaac said on Sunday. “I’m good. I’m excited for national signing day so I don’t have to answer questions about my commitment anymore. I’m definitely excited to sign and get this over with.”

Ty Isaac
Despite constant questions about it, Ty Isaac has remained firm in his pledge to USC.
On Saturday, Isaac tweeted that he had spent most of the day with USC assistant coach Kennedy Polamalu. Though the nation’s No. 13-rated running back and Under Armour All-American has maintained a steady dialogue with the coaches at Arkansas and Notre Dame, it has never escalated to the point of decommitting from the Trojans.

“Don’t get me wrong, I’ve talked to the coaches and heard what coaches have had to say about their schools,” Isaac said. “The situation with Notre Dame has obviously blown up because I’m only an hour away from them and they just had their best season in a long time.”

Isaac officially visited USC on Dec. 7 and has not taken any other trips. He committed to the Trojans on May 15 and has never publicly wavered.

“Coach Pola and I talked a little bit here and there, but at this point it’s mostly about relationship building,” Isaac said. “It was a good visit from him. We did more coach-and-player stuff. If was not coach-and-recruit stuff. We had a great conversation.”

Commit makes unofficial visit

USC didn’t host official visitors over the weekend, but an important prospect did make the short drive to campus.

After hosting coach Lane Kiffin in his home on Thursday night, USC offensive tackle commit Nico Falah (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) unofficially visited over the weekend. It was a notable development given Falah’s ongoing flirtation with Washington and the uncertainty surrounding USC offensive line coach James Cregg.

“Making a visit to my future home today,” Falah wrote on his Twitter account on Saturday. Minutes later, he clarified his previous tweet by writing, “USC that is.”

Falah told WeAreSC he wasn’t sure which coaches will swing by his home this week, but he definitely has some final questions. Cregg’s role in the staff is Falah’s biggest concern.

Recruiting tidbits

ESPN 150 linebacker Quinton Powell (Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland) has a final two of Florida and USC, and will announce on national signing day live on ESPNU. Powell was previously committed to Florida, but it is now interesting to note that he canceled official visits to South Carolina and Arkansas immediately after returning home from his trip to Los Angeles. With Powell’s prior relationship to former high school teammate and USC freshman standout Leonard Williams, the Trojans appear to be in good shape to add a much-needed second linebacker to the class. ... Four-star defensive end Jason Hatcher (Louisville, Ky./Trinity) last week wrote on his Twitter account he had “officially decommitted” from USC, but the message has since been deleted. Hatcher has a final official visit to hometown Louisville, which has always been the Trojans’ biggest obstacle. ... No. 4-rated cornerback Jalen Ramsey (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood Academy) hosted USC assistant coaches Clancy Pendergast and Tee Martin in his home on Thursday and, by all indications, remained committed to the Trojans. The in-home meetings with head coaches this week will be crucial, his father Lamont Ramsey recently told WeAreSC. The importance has heightened since the firing of defensive backs coach Marvin Sanders. USC, Florida and Florida State are the finalists.