Where there's smoke, there's a fire.
That, at least, is the case for former USC running back Ty Isaac who officially announced his commitment to the Wolverines on Thursday via Twitter.
I will be attending the University of Michigan this year— Ty Isaac (@TyIsaac) June 5, 2014
It was reported by CBSSports.com's Jeremy Fowler that a decision to transfer was close, so the commit news wasn't necessarily surprising.
The main area of concern for Isaac in 2014 is whether he can play or not. He will be seeking a hardship waiver from the NCAA and it still remains to be seen whether it will be granted now that he has a destination for next season. It all depends on the case delivered to the NCAA.
Although Isaac is still relatively unproven at the collegiate level, Michigan will have two high school five-star running backs in Isaac and Derrick Green on roster for the first time since Anthony Thomas and Justin Fargas were on the same depth chart. Coincidentally, Fargas eventually transferred to USC.
In comparison to Green and De'Veon Smith, Isaac could very well inject some life into the depth chart if he is granted a waiver in 2014. Green and Smith are the more 'violent' backs who rely on bursting through the line and tackles with power. Whereas Isaac is more of a home-run threat type of back who could also be used in the slot in certain situations.
Isaac is expected to come in and compete right away, although the hardship waiver status is not yet determined.
With one more hill to climb, Michigan received much needed depth at the running back position. Whether that added depth will be utilized this season remains to be seen.