February 23, 2011

Issac already getting noticed

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Many top prospects from around the Midwest gathered in Indianapolis (Ind.) this past Monday morning a for the Best of the Midwest combine. One of the most impressive prospects at the event was class of 2013 athlete Ty Isaac. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound prospect from Joliet (Ill.) Catholic high school plays wingback for his team and is already firmly on the Buckeyes' radar, having been on campus this past season for a game.

"I want to the game against Purdue," Isaac explained. "I loved it. I love it up there. It's got a great atmosphere. Obviously they always have great teams, it's just a great place to be."

While on campus, Isaac was able to have some brief contact with the coaching staff and looks to be a prospect that the Buckeyes will be keeping a close eye on.

"I talked to the running backs coach there (Dick Tressel)," he said. "They kept a couple of kids after the game and I spoke with them a little bit. They just basically said that 'we're glad to have you out here and we'll see you at a couple of camps and we'll go from there'."

The trip to Columbus certainly made an impression on Isaac.

"If I could go there, I would love," he said. "It's a great place to be."

Ohio State isn't the only school showing interest as schools from all over have already expressed interest in Isaac.

"(I'm hearing from) Wisconsin, Illinois, Northwestern, Purdue, Iowa, a lot of Big Ten schools, a couple of Pac-10 schools, and a couple of ACC schools," Isaac said.

Isaac showed his versatility at Monday's combine, working out at both running back and wide receiver. Overall, he was pretty satisfied with his performance.

"I was happy with everything I did," he said. "I feel like I ran good routes and in the blocking part I did good. In the 7-on-7 I ran good routes, I didn't get as much ball action but I thought I did pretty well."

Isaac's ability to play multiple positions is definitely a positive but he's hoping to at least get his first shot at the position that he's used to playing.

"Right now I'm trying to find a fit at a school that is going to give me a crack at playing running back," he said. "That's the position I would like to stay at."

Despite missing some time with injuries, Isaac still had a very productive sophomore season for Joliet Catholic.

"It went well," he explained. "The first three games I had a lot of yards but then I tore my PCL and played with that through the rest of the season. I got like seven touchdowns and 650 yards. It could have been better but I missed like five games."

Isaac plans to attend Wisconsin's junior day next weekend and is also planning on scheduling an unofficial visit to Illinois at some point.


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