Ismael Zamor knows well the history of Everett football players who have come before him. Now he is looking to solidify himself as one of the all-time greats.
Courtesy of incredible speed, premier hands, and a sturdy 6-foot-1, 190-pound build, Zamor has turned into one of the top skill players in New England, helping to put Everett back atop Division 1.
Zamor’s prowess on the field and character off of it have landed him a scholarship at Boston College beginning in fall 2022.
“(Ismael) has a very unique skill set,” Everett coach Rob DiLoreto said. “He is big, fast, agile, very mobile, and he can play multiple positions. More importantly he is also a man of strong faith so he has high morals and character standards. He is an outstanding student. He is the complete package.”
Zamor began playing football during fourth grade when his elementary school principal in Everett offered to help pay for Pop Warner due to Zamor’s impressive showings in the classroom.
“I was an offensive guard and I had no idea what I was doing,” Zamor joked. “All I knew was that I wanted to play the sport.”
In eighth grade, Zamor’s love for the game took off. He played for the town’s Pop Warner “B” team while watching from afar as the likes of current college standouts Jason Maitre (Boston College) and Lewis Cine (Georgia) guided the Crimson Tide on a dominant run toward a Division 1 state championship. Zamor’s Pop Warner team fell in the second round of the playoffs, a feeling that has stayed with Zamor to this day.
“It was only eighth grade Pop Warner but I remember for some reason how much that hurt me,” Zamor said. “I knew I just never wanted to have that feeling again.”
His coach for that Pop Warner team — Crimson Tide wide receiver coach Brenden LaRosa — offered Zamor the chance to work out every Tuesday morning at Everett’s Memorial Stadium. As he went into his freshman year of high school, Zamor took LaRosa up on the offer, became a regular participant in LaRosa’s regimen, and began studying then Crimson Tide senior superstar Mike Sainristil.
Despite only being a freshman, Zamor received the opportunity to share the field with Sainristil on multiple occasions and was in awe of what the 2018 Gatorade Player of the Year could do both on the field and in practice. Sainristil became a mentor to Zamor when they were teammates and now, with Sainristil off showcasing his talents at the University of Michigan, the two of them FaceTime to keep in touch.
“Every day in practice Mike showed me how to get better,” Zamor said. “Guys like him, Isaiah (Likely), Lewis, Jason. They made it out and are playing big-time next-level football. Those guys came here to work in order to continue their dreams and that is exactly what I am doing also.”
During his sophomore and junior years, Zamor blossomed into a weapon in all three facets of the game, turning into an elite defensive back and even more dangerous with the ball in his hands in the open field. The three-star receiver committed to Boston College on his 17th birthday.
“Coach (Jeff) Hafley is a people person and is all about family. He showed me he cares about me for who I am and not just as a football player,” Zamor said of his commitment. “Relationships go a long way in life and you can tell he cares about them.”
Now as a senior, Zamor is hoping to check off one final box that many of those Everett greats have. In consecutive years to begin his high school career the Crimson Tide fell in heartbreaking fashion to Central Catholic before only being able to play three games during the ‘Fall II’ season his junior year.
The 2021 season serves as Zamor’s final chance to be part of a Crimson Tide state championship team and he knows as well as anyone that in Everett the chance to bring home a championship means more than just raising a banner.
“It hurt losing freshman and sophomore year because even though I was young, I knew how much football means to the Everett community,” Zamor said. “Ever since that second loss my sophomore year I have been focused on working hard myself but also making sure I am putting in that same work with teammates. This community is very tight, we all rely on each other for support, and they count on us to succeed for them.”
NAME: Ismael Zamor
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6’1, 190 lbs
FAMILY: (Father, mother, brothers and sisters): Jerry, Marie, Christian, and Jerol
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: National Honors, Boston College football commit
FAVORITE PERSONAL MOMENT IN SPORTS: Scoring first varsity touchdown versus Lawrence
FAVORITE COURSE IN SCHOOL: History
LEAST FAVORITE COURSE IN SCHOOL: Math
FAVORITE PIGOUT FOOD: Do not have one
FAVORITE TV SHOW: All American
FAVORITE MOVIE: The Sandlot
FAVORITE MUSICIAN: Kodak Black
FAVORITE VIDEO GAME: Madden
FAVORITE SMARTPHONE APP: Twitter
FAVORITE TWITTER ACCOUNT TO FOLLOW: Bleacher Report
FAVORITE PRO TEAM: New England Patriots
FAVORITE ATHLETE: Jerry Jeudy or Lamar Jackson
HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR A GAME: I come to practice and work hard consistently
IF YOU COULD BE SOMEONE ELSE FOR A DAY, WHO WOULD IT BE: My Grandmother
CAREER AMBITIONS: Law