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USC transfer Ty Isaac could be interested in Northwestern

The Los Angeles-to-Evanston pipeline of Chicago transfer players may strike again. Boy, that's a mouthful, isn't it?

Former Joliet Catholic four-star running back Ty Isaac announced on Wednesday that he will transfer from USC to be closer to home near his sick mother.

"I've been released from my scholarship at USC," Isaac said. "It was based on a family decision. My mom isn't well so I wanted to be closer to my family. I really enjoyed my time at USC but it's decision that I had to make and I made it."

Northwestern last got a USC transfer when former five-star wide receiver Kyle Prater of Maywood, Ill., transferred to NU. Prater will be a senior this fall, while Isaac will be a sophomore. He will need to apply for a hardship waiver to be eligible to play immediately, like Prater was. He was also a high school teammate of current NU running back Malin Jones.

Northwestern seems like a potential landing spot for Isaac, as do Illinois and Notre Dame, the latter of which was one of his favorites during the recruiting process. It appears NU is interested, as expected.

The Wildcats already have solid depth at running back this year, with Venric Mark, Treyvon Green and Warren Long all coming back. The future looks solid, too, with Justin Jackson, the Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year, and Auston Anderson, at Texas native who chose NU over the Longhorns, coming in. Still, Isaac is a 6-foot-2, 240-pound player who could be a beast inside for NU. More depth is always good at running back, especially when it's someone as talented as Isaac.

Isaac rushed for 236 yards on 40 carries last year with the Trojans, for an average of 5.9 yards-per-carry. However, he wasn't in a position to add much to his carries total this season.