Blast Off: Cowboys FB Signs Son of Rocket Ismail

Rocket Ismail ii decided to stay close to home when he came out of high school in Carrollton, Tx. The son of former Heisman Trophy winner Rahib “Rocket” Ismail was offered by Nevada, but decided to walk-on at TCU.

Looking for playing time, however, he eventually transferred to Cisco College, and now he is headed to Wyoming, the only junior college transfer among the 22 commitments the Cowboys have received this off-season.

Ismail announced his commitment on Monday. He is a wide receiver/kick returner who played in seven games at Cisco College last fall and led the team with 48 receptions, ranking second with 434 receiving yards. He also had a 3.0 grade point average.

He certainly has a strong pedigree.

His father was a Heisman Trophy winner at Notre Dame, who stunned the football world when in advance of the NFL draft he opted for the CFL, signing a four-year, $18.5 million contract with the Toronto Argonauts.

The MVP of the 1991 Gray Cup, Ismail was let out of his CFL contract following the 1992 season and embarked on an NFL career in which he played for the Raiders, Panthers and Cowboys, twice registering 1,000 yard receiving seasons.

Ismail’s uncle, Qadry “Missile” Ismail, played collegiately at Syracuse, and spent 10 years in the NFL as a receiver. Another uncle,  Sulamin “The Bomb” Ismail, attended UTEP and played for the New York Dragons of the Arena Football League.


Offense (9)

Quarterbacks (1) Sean Chambers QB 6-3 215 Fr. Kerman, Calif. (Kerman)

Running Backs (1) Jevon Bigelow RB 6-2 195 Fr. Fresno, Calif. (Central)

Wide Receivers (3) Camron Donatlan WR 6-2 200 Fr. Aurora, Ill. (West Aurora) Gunner Gentry WR 6-3 200 Fr. Aurora, Colo. (Grandview), Rocket Ismaill ii WR 5-11, 180 JR Carrollton, Tex. (Cisco College)

 Tight Ends (1) Jackson Marcotte TE 6-7 250 Fr. Mt. Carmel, Ill. (Mt. Carmel)

Offensive Linemen (3) Blayne Baker OL 6-5 260 Fr. Sheridan, Wyo. (Sheridan) Frank Crum OL 6-7 260 Fr. Laramie, Wyo. (Laramie) Zach Watts OL 6-5 280 Fr. Windsor, Colo. (Windsor)

Defense (11)

Line (4) De'Vaughn Brown DE 6-3 220 Fr. Antioch, Calif. (Ygnacio Valley) Solomon Byrd DE 6-4 220 Fr. Palmdale, Calif. (William J.P. Knight) Cole Godbout DT 6-4 250 Fr. Hudson, Wis. (Hudson) Mario Mora DT 6-3 255 Fr. Covina, Calif. (Charter Oak)

Linebackers (3) Charles Hicks LB 6-3 220 Fr. San Diego, Calif. (Lincoln) Leevi Lafaele LB 6-2 220 Fr. Sacramento, Calif. (Inderkum) Chad Muma LB 6-3 200 Fr. Lone Tree, Colo. (Legend) Secondary (4) Dauson Booker DB 6-0 190 Fr. Modesto, Calif. (Central Catholic) Cameron Murray DB 6-1 175 Fr. Aurora, Colo. (Overland) Rome Weber DB 5-11 175 Fr. San Bernardino, Calif. (Cajon) Miles Williams DB 6-1 175 Fr. Oxnard, Calif. (Pacifica)

Athlete (1)

Reow Jackson ATH 6-2 200 Fr. Eugene, Ore. (Marist Catholic)

Special Teams (1)

Long Snapper Jesse Hooper LS 5-11 230 Fr. Draper, Utah (Summit Academy

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