Ty Isaac’s next school will be a lot closer to Shorewood than Southern California, but it probably won’t be Notre Dame.

Isaac, who is leaving USC after one year because of a family issue, nearly chose the Fighting Irish over the Trojans out of high school.

A day after the 6-foot-3, 225-pound running back was granted his release from USC, Isaac said he was prohibited from transferring to Notre Dame — and every other team on USC’s schedule — a condition of his release.

“Right now they are a team I can’t talk to,” said Isaac, a former five-star recruit who rushed for 236 yards and two touchdowns on 40 carries as a freshman. “That might change. (USC) might have missed the deadline to give restrictions. If they did I would consider it. … I definitely don’t want it to be a dragged-out process. I want to figure out where I’m going to be next year and get to work.”

Isaac said his mother’s phone was “blowing up” Wednesday while he traveled home from California, and he personally heard from Michigan and Illinois, among others, Thursday.

The Wolverines, who were in the picture originally, and the Illini fit his criteria.

“I wouldn’t say I have a top three, but I’m looking at Big Ten schools that are close to where I live,” Isaac said.