Name: Steve Ishmael
Position: Wide receiver
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
High School: North Miami Beach
2014 Stats: Ishmael led all Syracuse receivers with three touchdowns to go along with 415 yards, second only to Jarrod West. His breakout game came against Florida State when he caught a pair of touchdown passes and showed himself to be a legitimate big play receiver. His yards per catch of 15.4 was a team best, while his 27 receptions ranked fourth all-time for a Syracuse freshman.
2015 Projections: He's Syracuse's best receiver, but Ishmael said his goal is to be one of the best in the ACC. He's hoping for an "All-ACC type of year" and certainly has enough speed and separation ability to become an elite playmaker. He also has an extra year of seasoning, but his success could be tempered by the quality (or lack thereof) of SU's quarterback play and secondary receivers. Then again, if he flourished in last year's offense, what could stop him?
How'd He Get Here: Ishmael chose Syracuse over more than a dozen suitors. He had an impressive offer list that included Boston College, Louisville, Miami, Tennessee and West Virginia.
What'd Recruiting Sites Say: Three stars from ESPN, Scout and Rivals
Money Quote: (From his high school coach, Jeff Bertani)
"He has no personality. He's dry. I don't want to say he's a robot. He's well-liked. I'm sure he has some fun. But he doesn't talk. Even his parents will say he doesn't talk. He's just Steve."
Links of Wonder: Never forget.
What Does Shafer Think of Him:
"We're starting to see some things out of him that we saw out of him when we saw him in the recruiting process," he said after Ishmael's two-touchdown performance. "I remember when Coach (George) McDonald came to me and told me about him, I was really excited that we turned on the tape. It's one of those things, the things we saw on tape we're starting to see every week. He's starting to play with a little more confidence. He's starting to learn how to get off press coverage which isn't easy when you move up to this level. So I've been very pleased with him."
Interesting Nugget O'Interest: Ishmael got stopped by a DPS officer at 11:30 one night. <code>What happens next will blow your mind and make you want to eat a sock.<code>
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