But now, the new staff at U of L has turned up the intensity.
The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Ishmael will make his third – and final – visit to Louisville on Jan. 31. He visited Syracuse last weekend and will head to Cincinnati this weekend before making a decision after his U of L trip.
"Lamar Thomas is a great coach and was talking to me when he was at Western Kentucky," Ishmael said. "Everybody here knows who Lamar Thomas is.
"They have a winning atmosphere at Louisville, a great program and they're going into the ACC and I really like the staff."
Ishmael called U of L "one of my top favorites right now," noting that he wants to make his official visit before thinking about what he called a "tough decision."
"I can already tell you, I am going to like Louisville," Ishmael said with a laugh. "I just know I'm going to like it up there. It will make it a tough decision. "
Ishmael said with so many South Florida guys on the roster at U of L he figures the atmosphere is "just pretty great." He knows Corvin Lamb because of a family connection and said "I knew of guys like Keith Brown and Charles Gaines. They have a lot of Florida guys up there, so they all must like it."
As a senior, Ishmael had 68 catches for 951 yards and 15 touchdowns.