Ishmael loves Syracuse official

Steve Ishmael has been at the top of Syracuse's wish list for a long time. He has reciprocated that interest throughout the process. The three star wide receiver took his first visit to the Orange campus over the weekend, and breaks down the trip inside.

Three star North Miami Beach (Fla.) High wide receiver Steve Ishmael has had Syracuse high on his list throughout the process. Over the weekend, he took his first visit to Central New York.

"I loved the visit, honestly," Ishmael said. "It was way better than Illinois, man. It was a great visit. I don't want to say it was better than Illinois, I like both schools. I'm just saying it was fun, I loved it, and me and Alin (Edouard) got to chill a lot.

Juwan (Dowels), Juwan really liked it. I think he's going to end up coming here too. I like the apartments that they've got. Coming in next year, true freshmen can get those apartments. I know Alin and I would love that. That's what I loved about Syracuse."

One of the highlights of the trip for Ishmael was being able to sit down with Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer and offensive coordinator George McDonald. Ishmael has developed a strong relationship with both Orange coaches.

"Coach Shafer and coach McDonald said the same thing," Ishmael said. "They said they really need me. They're already good friends with my coach (Jeff Bertani), so they already know how they operate. They already know I'm going to work hard and what I bring to the table.

"They just keep on saying that they need me. They were telling Ritchy (Desir, Ishmael's player host) to do whatever it takes. I really appreciate that because I knew they wanted me but it was cool that they wanted me that bad. I still love Syracuse."

After eating at Dinosaur Barbecue on Saturday, Ishmael and the recruits went to the Carrier Dome to watch the Syracuse basketball team take on Pittsburgh.

"Man, I loved that," Ishmael said. "I loved the basketball game man. Some hall of famers came over and shook the football player's hands. It was real cool. The basketball team finished strong. Congratulations to them.

"But we take that as motivation for the football team. We want to win just like them. They're winning and they've been building up a great basketball program. Now the football team is trying to build up a great football program too. With me, Alin and Juwan, and the coaches that have come on, we can change with the help of the players already there."

One of the things that recruits do during visits to Syracuse is try on a jersey. Ishmael wore the number eight jersey, which had a special meaning to the 6-foot-2 wideout.

"I loved wearing the number eight," Ishmael said. "It was an honor because Marvin Harrison wore that when he was at Syracuse, and he played for my favorite team (Indianapolis Colts). When I come up to Syracuse, I want to wear that number because I want to do what he did. Break records and be one of the best. It was cool to wear that."

The official visit kept Syracuse at the top of Ishmael's list as signing day approaches. He does, however, have two official visits left on his schedule to Louisville and Cincinnati.

"Syracuse is still my number one," Ishmael said. "I'm pretty much looking forward to coming back, but I still don't know. I still am going to take my other visits. I really don't want to go home right now, honestly. Syracuse is a great school and I saw what I had to see. Right now, Syracuse is still my number one.

"I'll say it'll be official after my last visit. I want to sit down with my parents and my coaches. Whichever school I like the most, I'll commit then and on signing day I'm just going to sign."

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