He might have the build of a basketball player, but make no mistake. When you see Qadir Ismail walking around Villanova’s campus next fall, he’ll be quarterbacking the Wildcats. The 6-foot-7 dual-threat signal caller has signed on to play for Mark Ferrante and be a Wildcat.
Ismail chose to attend Villanova over offers from other FCS schools such as Lafayette, Maine, and New Hampshire. The tall quarterback will have no issues seeing over the offensive line with his 6-7 frame, and while he also played basketball in high school, he’ll be taking his talents to the gridiron.
He is the son of Qadry “The Missile” Ismail, who was a star at Syracuse and played 10 years in the NFL as a wide receiver and won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens.
Ismail likes to stay in the pocket, but he’s certainly mobile and can take off with the ball when pressured. He has a strong arm and his dual-threat ability will make him a great fit for Villanova’s spread offense.
He verbally committed to Villanova just over a week ago. The Wildcats currently have four quarterbacks on roster—Zach Bednarczyk, Jackson Bradley, Jack Schetelich, and J.J. Scarpello. He’s a needed addition after the announced departure of Kyle McCloskey, who’s trading his shoulder pads for a shooting sleeve and a collegiate career in hoops.