- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
Three-star receiver Ishmael Hyman (Holmdel, N.J./Saint John Vianney) missed four games with a torn meniscus but says he is 100 percent healed. Don’t believe him? Watch the final play of his team’s win Saturday.
From the 20-yard line in overtime, Hyman took a five-yard completion, made a move on the initial defender, juked the safety and outran the cornerback to the end zone for the win.
With the playoffs on the horizon, Hyman’s attention is on his senior season of high school, but he does have an eye on colleges.
The 6-foot, 170-pound receiver has 14 offers, with BCS programs Boston College, Kansas, Purdue, Rutgers and Temple among them.
Old Dominion received his first visit the weekend of Oct. 19, and he will take an official visit to Kansas in December. His next visit, though, will go to Purdue for the Boilermakers' regular-season finale against in-state rival Indiana on Nov. 24.
“I know [Purdue] is a real good academic school so I want to meet with the academic people,” Hyman said. “I want to see how it is during a football game on Saturdays. That’s always big. My cousin [Bennett Jackson] plays for Notre Dame and he told me he always loves Purdue and he likes it a lot.”
During the summer, Hyman visited Georgia for Dawg Night and is hoping the Bulldogs are still interested and offer before signing day. If so, they would likely be the favorite.
There was interest with in-state Rutgers, but with six athletes/receivers committed already, Hyman said the staff told him there is no more room.
“I like them a lot but they recently called me and told me they filled up my position at the athlete spot,” Hyman said. “So right now I don’t talk to them.”
Even though Hyman missed roughly half the season, he said he is a much better receiver now than he was just a few months ago.
"Now I know how to beat the coverages and everything. I’m more of an experienced receiver now," Hyman said. "I feel like my routes are ten times better this year."