Joliet (Ill.) Catholic junior running back Ty Isaac has already traveled extensively in the early stages of his recruitment, but the 6-3, 215-pound back has few plans for visits this winter. One exception was a trip to Michigan on Saturday.
"It was a good visit and I got to see the things most people do on visits," Isaac said. "I familiarized myself with the coaches a little more. We talk on a regular basis, so we have a good recruit-to-coach relationship, as I do with a few other schools."
Isaac specifically spent time talking with Michigan head coach Brady Hoke and running backs coach Fred Jackson.
"I talked with both of them about the timetable for when I would be able to play and what I would be able to do in that offense," Isaac said. "They went over it and obviously there was no guarantee about when you'd be able to play, but there is an opportunity to compete right away, which is fine by me. I've heard that from a couple schools and I think that is the most honest answer you can get.
"If they were in the offense they are in now, and staying in it, they probably wouldn't even be recruiting me. But they are going to the pro-style predominantly and they have started recruiting for that already. By the time my class would be in, it will be fully installed."
Isaac was one of several class of 2013 prospects unofficially visiting Michigan on Saturday. Also there were juniors Shane Morris, Dymonte Thomas and E.J. Levenberry Jr.
"We spoke here and there and made small talk about where we were in the recruiting process," Isaac said. "Obviously Morris and Thomas are committed [to Michigan] already. They were all cool dudes and obviously they are all good players. I think that shows the type of people they are because they didn't have to waste their time on a Saturday, but they did come out and recruit for their school. They're definitely some good guys."
Isaac has no further trips planned in the immediate future, but he expects to see several college coaching staffs in the next few weeks and could schedule some trips off those meetings.
"With the contact period I am going to see who comes in," Isaac said. "When the contact period is over I will be able to sit down and really figure out what I like and in February or March maybe have a list."
There is no set timetable for a final decision from Isaac. He currently holds more than a dozen scholarship offers from the likes of Illinois, Iowa, Ole Miss, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Purdue, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin.
On Monday, Isaac will take part in the Core6 Showcase near Chicago, an event that will feature other heavily-recruited state of Illinois underclassmen like Kyle Bosch, Ethan Pocic, Laquon Treadwell and Logan Tuley-Tillman. Check back with Rivals.com later this week for coverage of the Core6 Showcase.