USC landed a verbal commitment from ESPN150 running back Ty Isaac (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic) on Tuesday.
Issac, the 2011 ESPNChicago.com Offensive Player of the Year, is ESPN's No. 68 overall prospect. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound running back chose USC over Notre Dame, Michigan and Auburn.
"We've been to a lot of schools and done our homework," Isaac's father, Tyrone Isaac, told ESPNChicago.com's Scott Powers. "We dwindled it down to one school. It was about what they were able to offer academically and what they offered athletically. It came down to the right fit for him. It was about the tradition, and he fit with the players and coaches."
Isaac had visited Michigan and Notre Dame. He ultimately wanted to play in a pro-style system.
"I knew I was ready to make my decision," Isaac told WeAreSC.com's Erik McKinney. "My mom and dad were cool with it and we were all in agreement with it."
As good of a prospect as Isaac is, this is far from a big blow to the Irish, who have plenty of depth at the position and have long been eyeing four-star prospect Ryan Green (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Petersburg Catholic). Green, ESPN's No. 48 overall prospect from the Class of 2013, visited Notre Dame last fall and his family has said that there are plans to return both this summer and for the Sept. 22 night game against Michigan.