St. John Vianney (NJ) wide receiver has accumulated 12 offers. A 3 star on Rivals, Hyman has been focusing on five schools: Rutgers, Old Dominion, Kansas, Georgia, and Purdue. Hyman has tremendous speed, which has attracted the college coaches. At 6-0 and 170 pounds, Hyman has the size and speed that makes him a dangerous receiver.
Hyman led St. John Vianney to a 5-5 record in the Shore Conference. The class of 2013 wide receiver accounted for 951 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns. Hyman placed fifth in New Jersey this year in the 200 meter.
Steven Barsamian NUC: First question how are the offseason workouts going?
Ishmael Hyman: They are going good. My team has been working really hard ever since weight-room started in January
NUC: What do you think you need to improve on for next season as a wide receiver?
IH: My routes running, my blocking, I'm getting faster so I just have to keep that up, but the most important thing is I want to get my weight up to 175-180 before the season start
NUC: So how do you go about improving on these things?
IH: I just got to keep training hard even if it's not with my team. I've been starting to do beach workouts so that's going to make my legs a lot stronger and my cuts/routes better when I get on grass or turf. I just got to keep lifting and eating a lot to bulk up a little
NUC: What would you say your strengths are as a player?
IH: I'm extremely elusive, I have heart and don't like losing so I'll do anything to win, I'm very hard to bring down when I have the ball in my hand, I'm not afraid of contact
NUC: What is something people don't know about you?
IH: People think I'm just a track runner and I just play because I'm fast and that's all I can do, but I have hands, I got the moves that'll break a defender down. I take football very seriously and it's not that I'm a sore looser I just HATE loosing
NUC: What is it about football that makes you love playing it?
IH: I've been playing it since I was 5, so I always liked it but I started to love football in high school because there is just something about walking down the path on Friday nights under the lights.
NUC: Why didn't you like the movie TED?
IH: (Haha) it's not that I didn't like it; it just wasn't as funny as everyone said it was. There were a couple of funny parts though
NUC: Do you have any pregame superstitions?
IH: Not really I just always just listen to my music to get me ready
NUC: What music do you listen before a game?
IH: Rap, Jersey Club music, Techno or dance music
NUC: What made you pick St. John Vianney to go to High School?
IH: My parent's didn't want me to go to Manalapan high school because they wanted me to go to a place where I could get the best education as possible and where I can put a name out for myself,
NUC: What are your expectations for your team next season?
IH: State Champs
NUC: What are your individual goals for next season?
IH: 1st team all division, 1st team all shore, 1st team all state for WR,, go over 1000 yards receiving
NUC: So you recently came out with a top 5 of Rutgers, ODU, Kansas, Purdue, and UGA. How's the recruiting process been going?
IH: It's not really a top 5 those are just the schools that I've been hearing from the most but it's good because it slowed down a lot
NUC: Well what do you like about Rutgers?
IH: Everything as of now because I've been there so many times. I'm sure I would like all the other schools like that; I just haven't seen their campus and facilities yet
NUC: So How about ODU?
IH: I like them a lot, they been on me since day 1, they were my first offer and really want me there
NUC: How about Kansas?
IH: The WR coach is really cool, he coached great wideouts like Michael Floyd, Jeff Samardzija, Golden Tate and knows a lot about the WR position, so that's why I like them and he likes me a lot
NUC: How about Purdue?
IH: They are a great academic school, they been showing me strong interest also, the head coach loves me, they say I can see the field early if I go there
NUC: How about Georgia?
IH: (Haha) its Georgia!! But they said they need a explosive/elusive wideout that can make the big play because all there wideouts are graduating and they don't have that one stand out wideout. They said I look like that guy, they just want to see me in person first to see if I can get a offer.
NUC: Do you have a leader at this point?
IH: Nope just been thinking about those 5
NUC: Your friend Saeed Blacknall has already picked up a couple of offers, have you guys talked about going to the same school together?
IH: Yes we have, where ever I go I'm going to convince him to go, we've been best friends for years now and why not play on the same college team together
NUC: So how have the summer camps been going? Do you have any more planned besides UGA?
IH: All the camps I went to were good
Not as of now but I would like to try and see ODU while I'm down there.
NUC: OK last question. Do you have a timetable for a decision?
IH: I would like to have my decision made before the season starts but if I don't have my mind made up I'm not going to just rush it so I get it over with.