Ishmael Details Syracuse Commitment

Three star wide receiver Steve Ishmael discusses why Syracuse was the right fit inside.

Syracuse was able to get one of the most coveted players in Florida when North Miami Beach (Fla.) High wide receiver Steve Ishmael committed one day before national signing day.

"Syracuse was my choice because I fell comfortable at the school," Ishmael said. "I really got along with everyone I enjoyed it more than my Louisville visit. It just felt different. I really loved my time is Syracuse when I was there.

"It just felt like home. It was the best visit I took by far. It was just really hard to beat Syracuse."

Ishmael's primary recruiter has been George McDonald. The relationship the two formed was a huge factor in the three-star receiver's decision.

"I would say that was the biggest factor for me and going to that school," Ishmael said. "It was great having my recruiting coach being the offensive coordinator. I became really good friends with him. He's going to help me take it to the next level. That was a huge thing for me with Syracuse."

One of Ishmael's good friends is fellow Syracuse commit Alin Edouard. He believes the two can do something special in Central New York.

"I feel like that's huge because of what we can do together at Syracuse," Ishmael said. "We've been good friends ever since the ninth grade, so when I go up there, I know were going to be able to do a lot of things on the field. I know him and he knows me. There will be some instant chemistry.

"Hopefully he gets to start too because he's a dynamic quarterback. He can do a lot of things and open up a lot of things for the offense. Will spend a lot of time making plays outside the pocket and throwing to me and KJ (Williams). He believes in me and I believe in him."

The recruiting process is stressful, and Ishmael is glad to have it completed.

"It's a big relief for me because I don't have to think about with school I'm going to go to anymore," Ishmael said. "I know it's a good school that I'm going to and hopefully we can turn around.

"Get things back to where Syracuse football used to be. I love the basketball program and everything but it wouldn't be bad to go up there and even things out between the basketball the football program so we're on the same level."

Ishmael can't wait to sign on the dotted line and become part of the Syracuse family.

"It's going to be real exciting for me on signing day," Ishmael said. "I know what I can do want to feel them what I bring to the school. These next four months I'm just going to be concentrating on school and trying to get better so that when I get to Syracuse I'm ready."

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