Syracuse QB signee AJ Long told The Fizz just about a month ago prospect Steve Ishmael was a “lock” to jump on the Orange bandwagon. He was right on point.
Multiple reports this morning indicate the 6’2”, wide receiver Ishmael has announced he’s committed to Syracuse. The senior at North Miami Beach intends to sign with the Orange tomorrow on the always hectic National Signing Day.
Ishmael received attention from some of the nation’s top, most consistent wining programs such as Oregon, Louisville and Nebraska. Others school such as in-state Miami, Cincinnati and West Virginia offered the talent deep threat.
He was arguably the most talked about uncommitted recruit for the Orange next to HUGE OL Denzel Ward, who announced Monday he’ll making his decision at 10 AM tomorrow between Syracuse, South Florida and Vanderbilt.
Ishmael has reiterated several times, and as recently as last month that SU was his top choice. “The Mailman” George McDonald has played a large part in his recruiting process with his Florida connections. Ishmael’s pledge to SU adds to a diverse, now-loaded receiving core. 4-star KJ Williams has remained on board, while Corey Cooper becomes eligible this year after a leave of absence. Put tight ends Jamal Custis and recent commit Adly Enoicy next to them, it’s a solid looking group of pass catchers.
Ishmael had an in-home visit from McDonald prior to Syracuse’s Texas Bowl win at Reliant Stadium. His visit on campus back on January 17th obviously stood out. He took two more visits, including Cincinnati on January 24th and this past weekend he was down in Louisville for a date with the Cardinals. SU’s pitch and tour remained in the back of his head.
The lengthy receiver is at the top of McDonald’s potential prizes to join the Syracuse offense. Cometomorrow, Ishmael officially adds explosive depth alongside Williams and others. He was a big fish in the pond, one step closer to being reeled in.
Posted by: Brendan Glasheen