Monday, February 20, 2012

Michigan’s Next Priority: Ty Isaac

Now that the 2013 class is basically half full, the coaching staff is going to be even more picky than they have been. If you ask me though, 10 of 11 commits all being 4-stars and top-200 players is pretty picky (and impressive) to me. Going forward, the most important positions to recruit are going to be wide receiver, running back, defensive tackle, and linebacker. We are looking to recruit between 2-3 wide receivers, one more running back, 2 defensive tackles, and 2-3 line backers. This is in addition to one more tight end, possibly one more offensive lineman, and one more cornerback. 
Seeing that the Wolverines are looking to get one more elite running back, our highest priority will be Ty Isaac going forward. Isaac is a 6’3” and 215 pound back from Joliet, Illinois (yet another Illinois target). He is a freak athlete, one of the most gifted in the nation, and Rivals ranks him 18th in the nation. He is a consensus 4-star (Rivals, Scout, 247, and ESPN). His junior year stats are eye-popping. He has played varsity since his freshman year of high school. His junior year, he rushed for 2,114 yards and 45 touchdowns, including 515 yards and six touchdowns on 26 carries in the 2011 state title game (a record). He also caught 7 touchdowns his junior year. He was named the Chicago Sun-Times Player of the Year. Impressive, to say the least. He senior year will presumably only be better. 
Isaac holds over 20 offers, including ones from Michigan, Auburn, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and USC. Isaac has been to Michigan’s campus multiple times, and he was the first running back to receive an offer for the 2013 class. He says he believes the Michigan coaches are straight shooters, something we’ve heard from multiple recruits. He was told exactly how he’d be used in Al Borges’s system, and he appreciates how up-front the coaches have been with him. Of Michigan, Isaac said, “I feel like they are legitimately sincere people at Michigan and I feel like it’s family up there.” Definitely a good sign. Another good sign is Isaac’s relationship with his position coach, Coach Fred Jackson. 
“Man, that’s my guy! We talk on a very regular basis, you know, Facebook, and I’ll call him. We have a good player-recruiting coach relationship, and that’s along with the rest of the coaches too.”
By moving from a spread to a pro-style offense, Isaac would be one of the bigger and most important pieces of that transition, along with quarterback Shane Morris. Isaac doesn’t exactly have a top list, but says when he does decide to make one, Michigan will be up there. He’s also been in contact with Shane Morris, which we all know is a definite plus. Isaac, if he decides to commit, would be our 3rd commit from Illinois, joining 4* offensive linemen Kyle Bosch and Logan Tuley-Tillman. Needless to say, Isaac would fulfill a huge position of need and be a fantastic addition to an already incredible 2013 class. 

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