Michigan Football Recruiting: Ty Issac -- Transfer From USC -- Profile

Posted at 5:45pm — 6/6/2014

Michigan Football Recruiting: Ty Issac — Transfer From USC — Profile

GBMWolverine Readers: Here is an overview of recent transfer who committed to Michigan Ty Issac.

Another month, and another head scratcher for those who breathtakingly follow Michigan football recruiting. Now this apparent effort announced by Issac to undertake the enrollment process at Michigan should be exciting news, but it is still unexpected. Recently that is the way things have gone within the Michigan program: from a puff of smoke to actual reality.

Ty Issac 4This news can only be viewed as good for the program. Ty Issac has plenty of high-level skills; it is not hard to argue he is elite talent. Ty was frequently compared and contrasted to Derrick Green, and certainly the process will start anew: read instantaneously.

Both backs, and for that matte, DeVeon Smith and others on the Michigan roster, are fine players, in the ilk of almost any Division 1 program taking a commitment from all with glee.

All of the swirl of admission and the announced intention of gaining instant eligibility from the NCAA will flow to conclusion, at some point, proclaiming a disclaimer that should be attached to any NCAA ruling. Strange things happen with that bunch, but Issac must see more value in going to Michigan than merely picking out a school within the arbitrary 100-mile guideline. Maybe Ty remembers how much he liked Michigan the first time around, and simply made a judgment to set up shop in Ann Arbor and let the dice roll.

By the way, it seems very implausible that admissions will not approve Issac. Such a move would be in detriment to all. There is no way that at the minimum an understanding was not reached before the mechanism of transfer started on his recent visit.

Ty Issac 5Ty, it can be stated, has the measurables. He is 6’ 3” and over 230 pounds. In addition, Issac has very good speed and, perhaps of greatest note, excellent hands. In short, he is a versatile package. Arguing who is better, Ty, or Derrick, or DeVeon is moot at this point in time. Michigan, strange as the journey was, solidified the position of running back for at least a while. It needs to be pointed out that Ty could leave for the NFL after next year (2015). But it is hard to fathom that much progress being made in such a short time as to mesh into a certain NFL career. Still, this could happen.

How will the new diva fit into the offensive scheme? How will he mesh with the existing running backs? Nostradamus did not write any quatrains tipping the answer.

Truth be known, at least two on our GBMWolverine staff really favored Ty Issac, but never considered Green or Smith inferior. Simply all are quality backs. It was the envisioned versatility and better burst that sold us on Issac.

Below is a short profile that was prepared, but never presented on Ty Issac.

Ty Issac
Height: 6’3
Weight: 225
Current Position: Tailback
City/State: Shorewood, Illinois
High School: Joliet Catholic Academy

Ty Issac 8Follow Ty: on Twitter

Note: Stars do matter, but are not absolute in predicting success within a football program. So, with that in mind the GBMWolverine Staff has cleverly come up with a new system of ranking. We are using footballs instead of stars, how can one argue against a system that clever? Below are the interpretations of football power predicted way too boldly long before it matters. In other words, we will give informed opinion with the crystal ball and let the players determine what will happen through years of hard work.

Criteria: Raw talent, athleticism, position of need, intangibles.

GBMWolverine Rankings: .

10 footballs: Instant impact player.
9 footballs: Three or four-year starter at a high level.
8 footballs: A starter with all league potential.

7 footballs: A meaningful starter at some time during a career.
6 footballs: A spot starter or special teams player.
5 footballs: Not in the two deep after a two years.
4 footballs: Never made it.
1-3 footballs: See the above.

GBMWolverine had a debate between 8 and 8 1/2 footballs. You decide?

Side Note:

Remember just as we did during the season with grading positions or groups we are very tough graders and expect a lot out of those positions or players so this is no different here.

Ty Issac 5Overview:

Ty Issac is a former high school All-American who started his career at USC. In high school he was a four-year starter and rushed for over 5,000 yards during his career. Issac then rushed for 236 yards as a freshman at USC; he also scored two touchdowns and caught four passes.


Ty has long and smooth strides. Isaac definitely passes the sight test. He has a great combination of size and speed and does a good job of squaring his shoulders. Ty shows good patience and is explosive getting in and out of his cuts. Isaac is a good receiver at both the slot and coming out of the backfield.

Ty Issac 7Concerns/Needs Work:

Ty needs to lower his pad level and run less upright (an almost universal concern). He also gets a bit cute, dancing around rather than making one cut and getting into a north and south mode. Like most star running backs coming out of high school, his blocking will also need to improve.

Red-shirt or play?

GBMWolverine believes he will likely play if he is allowed, but again we will have to wait and see what the NCAA says about the 100 mile transfer rule when dealing with this type of situation.

Ty Issac reminds the GBMWolverine Staff of — Former Michigan Football Player — a faster Anthony Thomas (The A-Train) — who played running back.

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Final Thoughts:

We welcome Ty Issac to Michigan and hope he has a successful career on and off the football field as a student-athlete at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

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