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Report: USC RB transfer Ty Isaac to visit Michigan next week

According to a report from ESPN's Tom VanHaaren, USC running back transfer and former 5-star will visit Michigan next week.

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Michigan is not known to be a transfer destination. However, an exception can be made for 5-star talent.

According to a report from ESPN's Tom VanHaaren, USC RB transfer and former high school 5-star Ty Isaac is planning to make a trip to Michigan next week.

Michigan and Isaac are very familiar with one another as the coaching staff recruited Isaac hard during the 2013 recruiting cycle. Although Michigan finished in his top group along with Notre Dame, he eventually chose USC as his destination. However, due to family issues, he was forced to transfer schools in May.

"I've been released from my scholarship at USC," Isaac said in a statement. "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."

Isaac was also granted a hardship waiver from the NCAA that allows him to transfer anywhere within 100 miles of his home without penalty.

With only two mentioned visits in Illinois and Michigan so far, both schools would require Isaac to sit out a year before participating due to NCAA transfer rules if he were to decide to transfer to Ann Arbor or Champaign -- the NCAA hardship waiver would also not apply due to both schools being more than 100 miles away from his Joliet, IL home.

However, with Isaac being a true sophomore, a redshirt year is available to the coaching staff if they so choose.

Michigan would be adding considerable depth to a running back position that needs it. Behind sophomores Derrick Green and De'Veon Smith, seldom-used redshirt junior Justice Hayes and redshirt sophomore Drake Johnson -- who is recovering from a torn ACL -- are on the depth chart as back-up. Losing senior Thomas Rawls to transfer also hurt the depth before spring practices began.

Isaac could inject some energy into the running back position as he still has plenty to prove in his young collegiate career.

This is a developing story.

Joshua Henschke covers University of Michigan football for SB Nation's Maize n Brew. You can follow him on Twitter @JoshuaHenschke.