North Miami Beach (Fla.) High wide receiver Steve Ishmael has had Syracuse high on his list throughout his recruitment. On Monday, offensive coordinator George McDonald (Ishmael's primary recruiter) paid a visit to his home to meet with the three star receiver and his parents.
"He came out at about 5:30pm," Ishmael said. "He stayed until like 7. Probably around 7pm. He was talking about how I have a good opportunity my freshman year. How he likes me and how he's going to be using me."
After speaking with Ishmael about how he would fit into the offense, he spent some time speaking with his parents.
"He talked to my mom a lot," Ishmael said. "He was talking to my mom about how the school is. He also talked to my dad about the education there and the school and stuff.
"I think my parents would like it if I went with coach McDonald. They like him a lot. They feel like he would take care of me while I'm there and treat me right."
Having McDonald make the trip down south to visit him in his home had a big impact on the talented wideout.
"It meant a lot because he's the offensive coordinator," Ishmael said. "Usually other coaches would come. But I appreciate him being the offensive coordinator coming down to see me. I really appreciate that."
Ishmael is close friends with a current member of Syracuse's 2014 class, Alin Edouard. While the three start quarterback is not pushy in his conversations with Ishmael, it's clear who he wants as his number one receiver with the Orange.
"Alin texted me right after coach McDonald left," Ishmael said. "He said Syracuse should be at my top and was telling me that Syracuse should be at my top. I told him they were. Then we just talked about how we're going to go up there and compete."
Ishmael wasn't able to watch Syracuse beat Boston College live. But he monitored the game and was able to catch the last play.
"Yeah I watched the highlights," Ishmael said. "I watched the last play with the touchdown to the tight end. It was a great play call. Coach McDonald was actually talking to me about it. He was saying that this year he's been a little conservative, but that he's looking forward to the new style like throwing the ball more. But he still wants to be a balanced offense."
Syracuse isn't the only school visiting Ishmael before the new dead period begins.
"Illinois came on Tuesday," Ishmael said. "I'm looking forward to Nebraska. Nebraska said they're coming sometime this week or next week. Illinois went well. It was nothing new. I feel real comfortable with them. It's nice with them and Syracuse right now. But Syracuse is still on top. I'll say that."