Syracuse on top for Ishmael

Steve Ishmael has been one of Syracuse's top 2014 targets regardless of position throughout the recruiting cycle. With his senior season over, he is focusing more on his recruitment and the Orange are in a good position.

North Miami Beach (Fla.) High wide receiver Steve Ishmael has had a very productive senior season. They lost their final game, and missed the playoffs as a result. But it was not because of a lack of effort on Ishmael's part. He finished the game with 14 catches for 168-yards and two touchdown receptions.

"We lost against Hialeah in our last game," Ishmael said. "It was a good game. It was a pretty good game. We were down 14-0 and came back to make it 21-14. Our big issue was two of our offensive linemen got hurt and they just took it from there. That was the big issue for us."

Ironically, the quarterback on the other sidelines was current Syracuse commit Alin Edouard. The two have discussed pairing up at the next level.

"Alin has been my friend for a long time," Ishmael said. "We text a lot and he tells me a lot about Syracuse and I tell him a lot too. So we're sort of planning to go to Syracuse."

While the interest in Syracuse is very high, they are not the only school Ishmael is looking to visit.

"Syracuse would be at the top right now," Ishmael said. "I'm still looking at Illinois, Louisville and Nebraska. I'm actually taking visits to those schools. Syracuse is definitely on top right now.

"I'm not sure when. I think I'm going to Louisville around the 20th of December (that is the new dead period so he cannot visit during that time. Best guess is the week prior). We'll have to see what fits into my schedule."

The trip up north to check out the Orange will likely come the same weekend Edouard is taking his official. If things go well, it could mean a major addition to Syracuse's 2014 class.

"My coach says they are setting it up for January because that's when they're bringing up all the Miami players," Ishmael said. "I'll be going to Syracuse around January 17th. I just want to see the campus and how the football program is. If I like it, I'll pretty much just commit."

One of the things that stands out about Syracuse is the three star prospect's relationship with the coaching staff.

"They are in contact with me every week," Ishmael said. "That's why I like them so much because they're the only one of the schools that talks to me every week. I really appreciate that and that's why I like Syracuse."

Ishmael has seen Edouard up close and personal having faced him this season. He believes the Orange are getting a game breaker who could create a dangerous combination at the next level.

"Alin's phenomenal," Ishmael said. "He's a great competitor, he can make a lot of plays and turn nothing into something. He throws the ball really good. He's just a good quarterback. He's really fast and you don't see that a lot from quarterbacks.

"He and I could create a great dynamic combination. I went to some camps this year, and that was a great thing because I only went with him as my quarterback. Me and him went, and every time he threw to me it was complete. It's like we know each other already and we have something going on."

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