USC Transfer Ty Issac Visits Michigan Tuesday, Stays Overnight
Running back Ty Issac (Joliet, IL) was a guy that the Wolverines were very high on during the 2013 recruiting cycle. He was widely considered as one of the best players in the country, but Michigan ultimately missed out on him and he committed to USC.
Issac did receive playing time with the Trojans this past season, but a family matter caused him to transfer to a school closer to home. Michigan is in the mix of schools that he is interested in attending.
Rumors have been out there for the last few weeks that Issac was planning on making the trip to Ann Arbor for a visit, and on Tuesday afternoon, it finally happened, according to Scout's Sam Webb.
Ty Isaac has made his way to Ann Arbor. Visit underway.— Sam Webb (@SamWebb77) June 3, 2014
Not only did Issac visit, but Webb is also reporting that he will stay the night at Michigan. I'm not quite sure what this means for their chances, but if he wasn't interested, he wouldn't be there, period.
Issac has quite a decision to make. In most cases when a player decides to transfer, they must sit out a full season. There is no debate to be had. But because this is due to a family hardship, he would not have to miss any time if the school he transfers to is within 100 miles of where he lives. This would certainly favor schools other than Michigan.
If Issac were to choose the Wolverines, I do think that it lessens the likelihood that they take two running backs in the 2015 cycle. He would join a backfield including Derrick Green, DeVeon Smith, Drake Johnson, and others. Bringing in a transfer plus adding two players at the position creates an unnecessary logjam on the depth chart.
As with everything we tend to cover in these roundups, we'll have to wait and see what happens.
Malzone Earns Invite to Elite 11 Finals
Michigan just recently found its quarterback for the class of 2015 when they obtained a commitment from three-star prospect Alex Malzone (Bloomfield Hills, MI). I've said for awhile now that I do not believe that he has yet received the recognition that he deserves, but things in that area are starting to pick up.
Malzone was in Columbus a few days ago at the Elite 11 camp and many in attendance came away impressed but by what he showed at the event, including 247's Barton Simmons. (FREE)
I liked the way he goes about his business. He's very competitive and focused but he's energetic and you can tell he really enjoys the competition. He's got some moxy to him.
Simmons was not the only one to give Malzone props for what he was able to do at the event. His performance earned him an invite to the Elite 11 finals during Nike's The Opening in July, which will feature some of the most talented high school prospects in the nation.
Check out this cool Vine where an invite was extended to him by ESPN's Trent Dilfer.
Being in Ohio, of course Malzone had to take the opportunity to address the attention he received from Buckeye fans during his trip.
OSU fans coming at me already and I absolutely love it #GoBlue— Alex Malzone (@AlexMalzone) June 3, 2014
Malzone's stock is on the rise, and it should continue to do so if he performs well leading up to National Signing Day. Many Michigan fans screamed that they settled for this kid, but that is not the case at all. Doug Nussmeier should have a good piece to work with for the future when he arrives on campus.
Darrin Kirkland Has A Great Showing at NFTC
Michigan's most recent 2015 commit, four-star linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. (Indianapolis, IN) is coming off of a great showing at the Nike Football Training Camp over the weekend, where he beat out guys like Justin Hilliard for the honor of being named the defensive MVP of the event.
After his performance, he too received an invite to The Opening, so it looks like the Wolverine recruiting class should be pretty well represented there, also including guys that are still on the board for them.
Kirkland spoke with Scout's Josh Newkirk about his performance at the event and also was interviewed by Sam Webb. That article can be found here. ($)
Kirkland will be at the Sound Mind Sound Body camp in Detroit next weekend, where I will also be in attendance. We'll see what kind of show he puts on there, but all indications are that he is a linebacker prospect that is only going to get better as the process moves along.
2016 Quarterback Wants a Michigan Offer
The Wolverines have not been shy recently about offering players in the 2016 class, but there is one guy inparticular who is waiting on an offer from Brady Hoke and staff.
Elijah Cunningham (Springboro, OH) has been a player that Doug Nussmeier has been in contact with, but has not received one of those offers from the Wolverines.
Cunningham tells 247's Steve Wiltfong that even without an offer, Michigan is still high on his list. ($)
He currently holds offers from Akron and West Virginia, while schools like Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio State have all shown interest in him.
That's it for Wednesday. Come back Friday for the latest news and notes on Michigan Wolverines football recruiting.
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