Nov 9, 2013; Berkeley, CA, USA; USC Trojans running back Ty Isaac (29) carries the ball against California Golden Bears safety Michael Lowe (5) during the third quarter at Memorial Stadium. The USC Trojans defeated the California Golden Bears 62-28. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois Football Expecting a Major Visitor Today

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Today has the potential to be a very big day for the Illinois Fighting Illini football program. Why, you ask?

Getting Ty Isaac on campus is a step in the right direction, but simply getting him to visit isn’t enough. They need to capitalize on his visit and parlay it into a commitment, but will that actually happen with Northwestern looming well within a mileage range for the NCAA to grant a hardship waiver? While Northwestern’s proximity is certainly a factor, it may not even matter according to Northwestern Scout writer Nick Medline.

So, Isaac is looking for playing time? Well, there should be immediate playing time available at Illinois provided the NCAA doesn’t treat Isaac’s case as they treated Illinois basketball’s Ahmad Starks case a year ago. That said the biggest difference in their two situations is that this waiver has to do with Isaac’s mother, not his grandmother as was the case with Starks.

Getting Isaac into the fold would be huge because it would give the Illini another legit backfield option, making the offense that much more potent. That’s not where the impact stops though.

Just like Wes Lunt before him, Isaac is a bit of a legend in the state of Illinois after his performance in the 2011 5A State title game on the Memorial Stadium turf when he ran for 515 yards and 6 touchdowns. It seems like common sense that getting a player of his caliber into the program would only serve to help pull in other top flight prospects in the recruiting game going forward.

The bottom line is that today has the potential to be massive for the Illini because of the ripple effect that would be generated for the program with a commitment from Ty Isaac.

Stay tuned Illini fans. This situation certainly deserves it.

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