Hawaii in top schools for San Francisco lineman Keith Ismael

6-foot-4 and 300-pound offensive lineman Keith Ismael is focused on four schools.

San Francisco Sacred Heart Cathedral offensive lineman Keith Ismael holds 10 offers and he has now narrowed his focus onto four primary schools - and Hawaii has made the cut.

“I’ve gotten a good feel for them,” Ismael said of Hawaii. “I’ve heard nothing but good things from Coach Rolovich. I feel they have the ability to go into a good direction in the future so I was really intrigued about the atmosphere, how they hope to accomplish that and how I fit into their plan.”

Ismael was previously offered by UH offensive line coach Chris Naeole last summer. He took an unofficial visit to Hawaii shortly after and was glad to hear that he was still in the new head coach’s recruiting plans.

“Coach Rolovich has been my primary recruiter now and he called me the day after he was hired to make sure I knew I still had an offer,” Ismael said. “He’s a San Francisco guy. He went to (San Francisco) City College and so did my head coach. They have a really good relationship so there’s a really good connection there. That showed a lot to me and I was really appreciative of that. I’ve heard nothing but good things about him and with him being a city guy, everyone knows him so they’ve all given me good input on him.”

When it came down to narrowing his schools, he chose to take official visits to Hawaii, San Diego State and Boise State. He is also considering San Jose State, which is closest to home. His other offers included Air Force, Army, Colorado State, Utah State, Eastern Washington, Montana and UC Davis.  

Ismael took his official visit to Hawaii last week. He will next visit San Diego State and then Boise State before making his decision.


His thoughts on…

San Jose State: “I have visited San Jose State twice and I had a home-visit with Coach Stenavich and Ferrigno. I just felt like I’ve got enough to base a decision off of them and I needed to take my officials to schools that were further away that I haven’t seen... I have a really good relationship with the staff and they’ve done a good job developing that over the time they’ve been recruiting me.”

San Diego State: “I have family in San Diego. They’ve done a really good job in recruiting and creating a good relationship with me. They come up and visit me a lot and are staying in constant contact to let me know my status with them. If I work hard enough, I could play pretty quick because there are some offensive line spots open. They said I could possibly earn a starting spot as a freshman if I work hard enough.”

Boise State: “Boise State, they’ve come into the picture recently, but they have a strong program and a great fanbase. I have some family in Idaho so I know their program. They are very good and it’s a good school. They are new, but I’m excited to see the program and what they have to offer.”

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