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A former five-star recruit, ex-USC RB Ty Isaac to transfer to Michigan

By Greg Garno, Daily Sports Editor
Published June 5, 2014

Former USC running back Ty Isaac has transferred to Michigan, according to his Twitter account. The program has not announced the move yet.

Isaac is the first player to transfer to the program since 2007, when quarterback Steven Threet arrived from Georgia Tech despite last playing at Adrian (Mich.) High School.

In 14 games last season, Isaac rushed for two touchdowns and 236 yards on 40 carries, seeing time mostly as a backup.

“I will be attending the University of Michigan this year,” Isaac tweeted.

A Rivals.com five-star running back out of high school, Isaac was ranked as the No. 4 back by the recruiting site and joins Derrick Green and De’Veon Smith in what has become a crowded backfield. Green was ranked as the No. 1 running back out of high school.

Isaac, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound star from Shorewood, Illinois, left USC to be closer to his ill mother in Illinois.

But he’ll have to sit out this season, according to NCAA rules, unless he is granted a hardship waiver. The waiver would require that Isaac be within 100 miles of home, though. Ann Arbor is just over 250 miles away.

If he is not granted eligibility to play this season, Isaac will have three years of eligibility beginning next season.