Florida Atlantic was the first school to offer Ginial Isma, but NC State became the first major conference school to offer the Fort Lauderdale (FL) Stranahan cornerback last week.
Isma was one of three Stranahan players offered by NC State receiver's coach George McDonald. Receiver/cornerback Milton Cook and athlete Maurquel Dillard were also offered.
Isma (6-1, 175) plays cornerback for Stranahan and that is one of the positions NC State offered him and it's a spot that the NC State coaching staff is focused on for the class of 2018. Coach McDonald visited Stranahan with news of the offer but he also mentioned that wide receiver could be in the cards. Isma has a history of attending Stranahan but for a short time in the offseason he attended Boyd Anderson before transferring back to his old school.
"I play corner but I play some receiver on plays like jet sweeps, bombs, deep routes," said Isma. "But they said they liked me for both sides. I got that offer when coach came by the school. We didn't get to talk but later I found out he was offering me. He took down some information on my mother, my address and all that. I was very excited. I was shocked by that offer."
Even though it wasn't Isma's first offer it might have had the feel of it. NC State is an ACC school and Isma said "that's big" as far as his future.
"I'm trying to go up there this summer maybe for a camp but it's probably going to be an official visit too. I'm excited to get up there. I got coach McDonald's number so I've got to catch him through the week sometime."
Isma seems to know NC State will be a visit he is going to take but he also believes the offer could lead to more. This week coaches from Northern Illinois and Central Florida have visited Stranahan so he knows those programs are looking at him too. Last spring a coach from Temple visited the school and the running backs coach from Florida stopped by last year too. Florida International has been watching his growth for a long time too. Washington showed interest last year.
NC State's offer changes things for Isma and he said his interest in the school is "very high" because of the offer even though he has not taken a visit before.
Ginial carries close to a 3.0 grade point average.