According to an announcement on his Twitter feed, two-star edge rusher Ishmael Goulbourne has pledged Orange.
Goulbourne is a 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds according to 247Sports, so one would think he trends as more of an outside linebacker — at least for the time being — than a weakside defensive end. If he can add some weight and play on the line, though, it could be a major help for Syracuse down the road. The program has struggled to get D-linemen in the door since joining the ACC.
Ishmael picked Syracuse over offers from Buffalo, Tulane, Western Kentucky, Western Michigan and UAB. He’s the potentially the first defensive linemen in the 2019 class, and the sixth defender overall out of 10. He’s also the third Florida product, along with Cornelius Nunn and Adrian Cole.
Being from Florida (Palm Beach Gardens), it should be no surprise that Nick Monroe was Goulbourne’s lead recruiter. Goulbourne also attends Dwyer High School, which is where freshman safety Cam Jonas is from.
Thought the two-star rating seems low, most recent commitments to the Orange have seen jumps in the rankings shortly thereafter. Linebacker Geoff Cantin was unrated before he picked Syracuse, and now he’s a top-600 or so prospect and SU’s best commit so far, according to 247.
Highlights below. Welcome aboard, Ishmael! Glad we’re able to fulfill our Ishmael quota once again after Steve’s departure.