JCA (32) RB Ty Isaac runs in JCA'a second TD of the game in first half action. Joliet Catholic plays St. Patrick's High School in a football game at St Pat's home field, Hanson Stadium at 5501 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL on Saturday morning 9/29/12.|Judy Fidkowski~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 16, 2014 7:09PM
Joliet Catholic’s Ty Isaac announced he was leaving USC to be closer to home.
Could Notre Dame, Northwestern or Illinois be in the mix for the running back?
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly spoke in general terms about his philosophy regarding transfers during the Irish Legends fundraiser Thursday at Olympia Fields Country Club.
“For a traditional transfer, my preference is that they have three years of eligibility and they are the right academic fit and, of course, positionally it makes sense,” Kelly said. “That there’s not a backlog of players at that particular position. So I always have my ear to the ground about transfers. There are transfers right now that we’re looking at.”
Rivals.com rated Isaac as a five-star recruit for the Class of 2013. He had offers from many schools — including Notre Dame, Northwestern and Illinois — before deciding to attend USC. Isaac rushed for 234 yards and two touchdowns as a freshman for the Trojans.
Isaac told USSFootball.com the transfer is based on a family decision.
“My mom isn’t well, so I wanted to be closer to my family,” he said.
It’s unclear whether Isaac’s release is unconditional.
Does Notre Dame have a backlog at running back?
“Not if it times out the right way,” Kelly said.