Joliet (Ill.) Catholic running back Ty Isaac has invitations from schools across the country to attend junior days, but the 6-3, 215-pound back is going to take a different approach to his winter visits.
"I'm not going to do any junior days this year," Isaac said. "I'm just going to do the individual visit so I can actually sit down with some coaches and see the campus."
Isaac is just now starting to decide which schools he wants to visit this winter. He has one trip planned and that will be taken to Michigan.
"I'll be up there Saturday," Isaac said. "I like the coaches and they are all straight up guys. I saw the campus a little bit in the summer, but that was a group thing. Now I'll be able to go up on my own and actually see what's what."
Michigan is one of 13 schools to have offered Isaac a scholarship. Some of his most recent additions are from Indiana, Ohio State and Ole Miss. He received an offer from Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer last month.
"I really don't know much about him or what he does as far as a coach," Isaac said. "Obviously he has won and has a track record, but I don't know too much about what they do. If I am really interested, I'll go up and take a visit and see what's what."
The next month expects to be a busy one for Isaac and his head coach, Dan Sharp, with coaches from college programs on the road.
"I've talked to Coach Sharp and he said a lot of schools are supposed to be coming by this month. He just said 'Get ready,'" Isaac said. "Once this period [ends], I can sit down and narrow it down to a top five or three."
Isaac picked up his first offer last winter so his recruiting process is almost a year old already. He has not tired of it yet, but does look forward to the day when it is over.
"You definitely don't want to take it for granted because a lot of people want to be in [that position]," Isaac said. "But at the same time I'm not sitting here saying, 'I wonder who I can get to contact me.' It's okay now, but I am looking forward to finding someplace I want to be and be able to commit."
Ideally, Isaac will have that place picked out before the start of his senior season, but he is willing to take his recruitment into next fall if one schools has not emerged. One consideration he does not plan to factor in is distance from home.
"I'm willing to go anywhere and play with anybody," Isaac said. "It's just a matter of where I feel comfortable. It could be here or it could be 15 hours away."
Isaac finished this past fall with 2,629 rushing yards and 42 touchdowns. He capped his junior season by rushing for a state record 515 yards in the state title game.