Jabari Ishmael first DE to commit to Miami Football for 2021

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The Miami football received their first commit from a defensive end in the Class of 2021 when Jabari Ishmael pledged to the Hurricanes on Friday.

Jabari Ishmael became the first defensive end to commit to the Miami football program for 2021 when he announced his commitment on Friday. Ishmael made the announcement via Twitter early Friday evening. Ishmael is the fourth highest-ranked player in the Hurricanes recruiting class and top-ranked defensive player.

Andrew Ivins of Inside the U reported Ishmael chose Miami over Florida State, Indiana and Oregon. Florida State had a late push for Ishmael. Oregon’s recruitment was led by head coach Mario Cristobal who played offensive line for Miami from 1989-92. Ishmael is the third defensive lineman commited to Miami for 2021.

Miami is holding on to four-star defensive tackle Savion Collins who many recruiting analysts expect to flip to Florida and three-star DT Allan Haye. Ishmael was projected to sign with Miami throughout his recruitment. Ishmael’s father Vic is an assistant strength and conditioning coach for Miami.

The association that Ishmael has had with Miami throughout his life ultimately made a difference in his decision to commit to the Hurricanes. The development of redshirt sophomore Greg Rousseau was also an important role in the decision by Ishmael to commit to Miami. Rousseau had 19.5 tackles for loss and 15.5 sacks in 2019.

Miami is expected to lose Rousseau after the 2020 season. The 6’6 elite pass rusher is eligible for the NFL draft after having completed three years in college. Miami will definitely lose graduate transfer Quincy Roche and potentially redshirt junior DE Jaelan Phillips who are expected with Rousseau to give Miami an elite pass rush.

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Ishmael recorded 46 tackles, three sacks and a fumble recovery for Miami Columbus High School as a junior in 2019. Ishmael could have a chance to contribute immediately with what could be a primarily new rotation of pass rushers in 2021 led by Jahfari Harvey who will be a redshirt sophomore by then.