Just as DJ Khaled says, another one! Miami adds yet another verbal commitment to their 2021 recruiting class in 4-star defensive end Jabari Ishmael out of Columbus High School right in Dade County.
Similar to Brashard Smith, Ishmael sometimes is forgotten about amidst the plethora of talent in South Florida, plus he’s not social media (which I love), but don’t let that fool you, this kid can flat out play.
As a junior in 2019, Ishmael had 46 tackles and 3 sacks, and helped Columbus win the 8A state championship in Florida. Ishmael was named Miami Herald 8A-6A second team defense.
247 Sports composite has Ishmael ranked as the 14th defensive end in the 2021 cycle, and the 30th overall 2021 player in the state of Florida.
Ishmael stands tall at 6’5”, but is on the leaner side for a defensive end at just 210 pounds, as he’s played a little bit of linebacker, but I'd expect him to add some weight to his frame. And adding weight to his frame will be a family affair: Ishmael’s father Victor is a long-time assistant Strength Coach for the Hurricanes. Still, as a pass rusher, Ishmael has good pass-rushing skills.
Biggest reason to be excited about this commitment, is how high Ishmael’s ceiling is. Already an elite athlete, Ishmael has room to further develop his body, and improve his technique. And, with the developmental paths of multiple Miami Hurricanes DEs in recent years — Joe Jackson, Jonathan Garvin, and most recently (and impressively) Gregory Rousseau — there’s no reason to believe Ishmael won’t develop similarly.
Ishmael is the 18th player to commit to Miami’s 2021 recruiting class. He joins Columbus teammate Ryan Rodriguez in picking the Canes, and is yet another dangerous weapon at Defensive End for Miami. He picked Miami over Oregon and Florida State, among others.
For a better look at the player Miami is getting in Ishmael, check out the HUDL highlights below: