Sophomore running back Ty Issac requested and received a transfer request from Southern Cal, where he landed as a five-star recruit to play for former coach Lane Kiffin.

Isaac said Wednesday he wants to be closer to home.

"I have family stuff with my mom and want to be closer to home," said Isaac, according to, in a telephone interview.

He starred at Joliet Catholic and is from Shorewood, Ill., a southwest suburb 43 miles from Chicago.

The 6-2, 225-pounder had 40 carries for 236 yards (5.9 yards per carry) and two touchdowns in 2013. He did most of that damage Nov. 9 at Cal -- 11 carries for 87 yards and two touchdowns -- and had only 19 carries in the final four games of the season.

When Isaac made his college choice, he was down to Michigan and USC. Ann Arbor is about four hours from his home in Shorewood. Notre Dame is two hours closer, and Isaac took a college visit to South Bend in January 2013 on the same day as multiple players who had already decommitted from Southern Cal, including safety Max Redfield.

Isaac wore his father's No. 32 jersey at Joliet Catholic, a state powerhouse program where both won state championships, and was Illinois High School player of the year as a junior.