Ty Isaac: What his commitment means

WeAreSC’s Garry Paskwietz and Erik McKinney discussed the recent commitment of Ty Isaac and its effect on the position at USC and the Trojans recruiting for the 2013 class.

Erik McKinney: “Ty Isaac took visits to Michigan, Notre Dame and USC, and his parents signed off on going to USC during his last visit. He was going to think about it as long as he needed, but he pulled the trigger on Tuesday. He was the one out-of-state guy whose name popped up very early. USC needed running backs and they went after some guys in the Southeast, but Isaac seemed to be the guy the coaches went after hard and to get him might be the biggest commit of the spring so far outside of Max Browne.”

Garry Paskwietz: “When you eyeballed him when he was out here for spring, he just looked like a big-time running back. He really was impressive physically. But the fact that he came out here for the second trip with his mom gave me an indication that he was serious. You don’t come out here in March and then ask your mom to come back out again in early May unless you have a serious interest. Like you said, you need a tailback, and to get a guy that your staff identified as one of the clear national guys, it’s huge.”

EM: “We’ve said this a few times, but his coach, who certainly has seen him as much as anyone has, compares him to Marcus Allen. And that seems to fit with his slashing, one-cut running style, size and deceptive speed. He’ll certainly fit in. The Trojans are going to have a need at the spot once Curtis McNeal goes, and there are a bunch of names that could fill the spot. You have a speed back, a power guy, a linebacker and a wide receiver all trying to get there, so it’s not a bad thing to bring in a pure tailback who can do everything you need at that spot.”