Illinois Fighting Illini football fans that haven’t seen the news yet, should prepare themselves for a letdown as highly sought after transfer Ty Isaac’s recruitment has reached its end, and it did not involve a commitment to the Fighting Illini.
Edgy Tim of rivals.com has reported that Isaac has committed to attend the University of Michigan.
It’s Michigan for Isaac: Class of 2013 Joliet (Ill.) Catholic Academy and former USC running back Ty Isaac (6-… http://t.co/rK7MDTEiMB
— EDGYTIM.com (@EDGYTIM) June 5, 2014
Things seemed to be lining up nicely for Illinois to secure a commitment from Isaac with his reported lack of interest in Northwestern, with Urbana’s proximity to his hometown possibly allowing for a hardship waiver so that he could play right away, and with a clear opportunity to step in and get carries almost immediately at Illinois.
None of these factors seemed to matter much in the end though.
The bottom line is that it appears Isaac is willing to sit out an entire season at another college blue blood program rather than getting right back to work at Illinois. As such, the apparent desire for a hardship waiver is rendered a moot point because it’s almost inconceivable that he would be granted that waiver to suit up at Michigan, and Isaac seems fine with it based off what he told Edgy Tim in the article linked in the above tweet.
“I need to enroll and then go through the hardship process with the NCAA. I’m hoping to be able to be eligible right away but either way I’m just excited about Michigan.”
In other words, he wanted to be close to home, but apparently not close enough to be able to play right away.
From Illinois standpoint, securing a commitment from Isaac would have been huge because it would have added on to the recent momentum the offensive side of the ball has seen in the recruiting game, and it also would have added yet another weapon to an already potentially potent Illini attack.
All that’s left to say at this point is good luck to Ty Isaac in the future. That is unless, of course, the Wolverines are playing Illinois!