October 4, 2022
"Changing Lives, Improving Communities"

Diamond in the Rough: Ismael Cisse

Ismael Cisse

2023 – Wide Reciever  

Twitter:  @IsmaelCisse_ 

Hudl: https://www.hudl.com/profile/12862605/Ismael-Cisse 

GPA: 3.9

Ismael Cisse is a 6’1” 180-Pound Wide Receiver out of Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, Colorado. He is the #1 ranked wide receiver and #6 overall prospect in Colorado, in the class of 2023, according to 247 Sports. He is a big-bodied receiver that can maneuver in and out of routes very well and is dangerous with the ball in his hands. He is a very versatile prospect with the ability to pair his speed and deep threat ability with physicality both when shedding tackles, as well as in the air attacking the football. 

Q: What are some of the goals you’ve set for yourself for coming into 2022?

“Be the best leader and captain I can be. Don’t just make plays and honor myself but help the younger kids get the shine and help them put in the work that needs to be done.”

Q: What is the strongest aspect of your game?

“The strongest aspect of my game is route running and contact catches. The balls in the air, I have a mentality that it’s always mine. I have to win! ”

Q: What traits or skills have you been working to develop or improve this off-season? 

”I’ve been working on route running, and being more undetectable, meaning, selling one route but actually running another.”

Q: How are you looking to improve your game going forward? 

 “Be a better me every day. Make sure I can end practice or end a game knowing I competed at the highest level possible.”

Q: What inspires you to play football? 

“Knowing I was born on this earth for a bigger purpose than just living. Doing GOD’S work and making him proud. I do it also for My family. I will retire them one day and that’s what keeps me going. Knowing I can be the one to change lives forever and help those who need it the most.”

Q: What are some of your proudest accomplishments as a football player?

“Getting that first offer and telling my family that they don’t have to pay for college, or worry about the burden of debt because of the college expense. It’s bigger than just football, but allowing my family to know that I got them forever and that I’m grinding every day to make sure one day that they’re good forever.”

Q: Do you try to model your game after any professional or collegiate football players?

”I model my game after Stephon Diggs, Davante Adams, and Chad Johnson. Diggs for his route running, Adams for his releases and catching, and Chad for his grit and his “got to be the best” mindset!”

Q: What is your favorite football memory? 

“My favorite football memory is switching from QB to WR. That’s when I found my purpose and took the game serious.”

Q: What is something you would want college coaches to know about you? 

“Don’t sleep. It’s either I’m playing with you or against you. You will get a leader and a humble season changer out of me. Every day I’ll come in making sure that I leave the impression that, “ this guy is special/different.”

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