USC is losing one of its premiere running backs in Ty Isaac. Isaac, whose mother is sick, has been released from his scholarship with the Trojans in order to be closer to home in Joliet, Illinois. With Javorius “Buck” Allen, Tre Madden, Justin Davis and D.J. Morgan all ahead of him on the depth chart, playing time of course played an important part on his decision to transfer as well. Nonetheless, it can potentially be a huge blow struck to USC with Isaac’s departure.
Despite the fact that, in the now, the Trojans go unscathed in Isaac’s transfer from the program, the loss of such a versatile, durable, and physical back like Ty does affect the Trojans for 2015. Morgan is a Senior and both Allen, and Madden are Juniors. This makes quite a possibility that 2, if not 3 of the remaining 4 backs will not be back in 2015, which potentially leaves Justin Davis left and much in-game inexperience in the USC backfield.
Steve Sarkisian has already made it known that the Trojans will look into recruiting at least two running backs for their 2015 class. But, Sark also didn’t quite give promise that USC is recruiting for the position aggressively. If made good on the promise, the loss of Isaac will be quite the non-factor. However, perhaps a third addition would be wise in recruiting…just in case.
Isaac of course becomes an immediate threat to perhaps land in South Bend, Indiana and play for Notre Dame. Which ultimately will mean that Trojan fans will not have seen the last of Ty. The Trojans surely may block an attempt at a transfer to Notre Dame due to the annual rivalry w/ the Irish. Other possibilities of course include, Northwestern, where Isaac has a high school teammate that plays for the Wildcats, and also Illinois and Michigan.
Whichever school Ty chooses to transfer to it’s safe to say that he will be as dynamic a back as he was in Los Angeles. For now, Sarkisian still has the luxury of a three-headed monster (if D.J. Morgan can remain healthy), that will still be a force to reckon with in the Pac 12.