Ty Isaac Transfers to Michigan
Well, the visit went down. The player was impressed. And we now have a game changer at the running back position.
Former USC running back Ty Isaac announced via Twitter on Thursday morning that he will be attending the University of Michigan this upcoming season.
CBS Sports' Jeremy Fowler was the first to break the news before the commitment, stating that Isaac's visit was very good and that sources had indicated to him it was all but a done deal.
What remains to be seen is if Isaac will have to sit out for a season or if he will be eligible to play in 2014. The reason for his transfer was due to the health of his mother. Being from Illinois, a transfer back to the Midwest was the likely option.
In order to be eligible to play the season in which you transfer, you must obtain a hardship waiver from the NCAA. One of the conditions of this is that the school must be within 100 miles of your hometown. Michigan does not fall into that category, but it is possible that he could receive an exception to that rule.
What Isaac does add is even more talent to Michigan's backfield. He was a five-star prospect entering USC and showed some promise with the Trojans. He joins Derrick Green and DeVeon Smith in a now crowded backfield.
In terms of recruiting for the 2015 class, I do believe this means that they will take only one running back now. It just makes sense in terms of the numbers at the position. Whether this scares off the big names or not remains to be seen, but the position now becomes less of a priority in the current cycle.
Mike Weber Invited to The Opening
Speaking of 2015 running back targets, with the race for a spot at the running back position now down to one in this class, both players and the program will have to decide what kind of impact they are looking for from the player that fills it.
With the guys they have now, it will be tough for a 2015'er to come in and contribute quickly, but one of their top rated targets at the position still appears to be interested, and is beginning to be mentioned with some of the elite players in the nation.
Four-star running back Mike Weber (Detroit, MI) received an official invite today to Nike's The Opening event in Oregon.
The event will feature some of the most talented prospects in high school football battling it out and getting work in. For Weber to be included in that group is a big honor, and it should only boost his stock nationwide even more.
Right now, the two biggest names on the board for the Wolverines at the running back spot in Weber and five-star Damien Harris (Berea, KY). There was a time where it was a dream scenario for Michigan to land both, but now with Isaac in the fold, it will either be one of them, or someone else entirely.
Bold statement, Cotton.
Auden Tate Lists Wolverines in Top Ten Schools
The Wolverines are still looking to fill their first wide receiver spot in the 2015 cycle, and one current target of theirs took to Twitter on Thursday to narrow down his list of schools to ten.
Michigan made the cut for four-star wide receiver Auden Tate (Tampa, FL) and may just be in the driver's seat.
Thanks to all the schools and coaches for recruiting me but these are my top. No specific order pic.twitter.com/b0JAdjkDtn— Auden Tate (@itstate_18) June 5, 2014
Tate is being recruiting by coach Jeff Hecklinski and fits the mold of what the Wolverines have been looking for in their wide receivers in the last few classes. At 6-4, 195, he has a big frame and can get down the field. He would give Michigan another tall target to add to their arsenal.
As I mentioned above, I like Michigan's chances to land Tate, and it appears that many analysts and experts share that sentiment.
247's Crystal Ball currently has 47 percent of the predictions in favor of the Wolverines, with Florida State and Florida the next closest at 27 and 20 percent, respectively.
Wolverines May Still Be in Mix for 2015's Top Cornerback
Five star 2015 cornerback Iman Marshall (Long Beach, CA) is a guy who's name has not been linked much to the Michigan football program, but it appears they do still have his attention.
In an interview with 247's Barton Simmons, Marshall talked about the schools he is still interested in. With as much attention as he has received nationwide, Michigan was mentioned, so anything is possible. You can see that interview here. ($)
Michigan has another cornerback spot to fill following the decommitment of four-star prospect Shaun Crawford. I would call it an extreme long-shot for the Wolverines to be a significant factor in Marshall's recruitment, but we all know how fast things can change.
USC and Stanford appear to be the most likely two landing spots for him, with the Trojans as the overwhelming favorite, per the 247 Crystal Ball. 94 percent of the predictions have been made in favor of them.
So, long story short, Michigan may still be in it for Marshall, but they will look around for the next corner they bring in.
That's it for Friday. Enjoy your weekend and be back here Monday with the latest in Michigan football recruiting news and notes.
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