Bay Area OL Prospect Enjoys UW Visit

Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep (San Francisco, Ca.) OL Keith Ismael was up in Seattle over the holiday weekend to visit family and while he was in the Emerald City, he made the short trek to Montlake to take in a Husky practice and meet with the coaches. Here's what he had to say following his visit...



"My great aunt and uncle both live in Seattle, so we were coming up to see them (for Easter) and I had been talking to coach (Chris) Strausser about visiting so I got to go watch practice and see what the school was like," Ismael said regarding his visit. "It was a lot of fun. I really liked the intensity of the practice and the facilities and the campus were really impressive.

"The atmosphere there is great and it's just a great environment."

While he was on campus, Ismael got a chance to sit down with Strausser.

"We talked about a lot of stuff," Ismael noted. "He talked about what he's looking for in his linemen and what he liked about my game.

"He said he liked how I play and the intensity I bring to the game. He liked my physicality a lot and how I finish blocks, but he said he wanted me to incorporate that more into my game and be even more physical, so that was good to hear."

Ismael left Seattle without and offer, but he said he's very interested in a future with the Dawgs.

"The education there is really good and that's very important, but I'd also be going to play football too and I think the combination of both up there is really good," Ismael noted. "I like where the program there is headed and their philosophy on things."

In addition to his interest from the Huskies, Ismael currently holds and offer from Army and he's been hearing from a few other programs as well.

"I'm obviously talking with Washington some, but I've also been talking to San Jose State a lot and Northwestern too. I'm actually taking a visit (to Northwestern) next week and I've been talking to the Duke coaches for a little while too," Ismael said. "Besides those schools, I've also been getting a lot of mail from Iowa State, Stanford and Cal, but I haven't really talked to them yet."

Ismael said he's hoping to hit a few camps this spring/summer, but he hadn't given them much thought to this point.

The 6'3", 285-pounder plays right tackle for his team, but he will likely slide inside once he begins his college career.


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