Fresh off of an official visit to Pittsburgh, Brandon Ifill ventured to Maryland over the weekend…
Decision Day For Ifill
Pittsburgh (Pa.) Penn Hills three-star safety Brandon Ifill is set to make his college decision at a 7:00 p.m. press conference this evening. Ifill will choose between the following five schools. WHEN: 7:00 p.m. EST WHERE: Penn Hills, Pa. IN THE RUNNING: THE PREDICTION: Two months ago, I would have picked Maryland hands down, but after their struggles and Ifill's reaction after his official visits to Pittsburgh and Maryland I am going with the Panthers to secure a commitment from the hometown kid. Rutgers: Greg Schiano and his staff made a strong push over the final months in hopes of securing the services of Ifill. Schiano and staff even attended one of Ifill's games. It seems as though Ifill's intrigue with Rutgers faded as quickly as it began and I never heard Ifill mention Rutgers as much as some of the media made it seem. Michigan: When the whole recruiting process began Ifill and close friend Cullen Christian had all intentions of attending the same college. For Christian it was basically Michigan the entire time. Michigan's interest in Ifill seemed to fade as they secured pledges from other defensive backs. West Virginia: Ifill has mentioned West Virginia and they are a finalist, but he has not taken an official visit there. It has been my experience that a prospect rarely picks a school this late that he has not visited officially. Maryland: The Terps have been the front runner the entire time, but after a very disappointing season and the uncertainty around the Maryland coaching staff they may not lead any longer. Ifill did not seem blown away by his official visit, of course two feet of snow will do that. Pittsburgh: After interviewing Ifill after both of his official visits there was a distinct difference between the two when Ifill was talking about them. Pitt didn't seem to have much of a shot at all with Ifill, but they made a strong push over the past few months. Ifill's parents are both Pitt alumni and he seemed to be very comfortable with the players and staff at Pitt. Scout's Take: Ifill put himself on the map as a wide receiver, but lately Penn Hills has not had many quarterback's who could throw very well and his numbers have suffered. Mid-way through his junior year, Ifill began playing defense and he seemed to get better with every game. Ifill began by playing safety and he did well there. He showed that he was fearless coming across the field and leveling opposing receivers and he showed very good insticts. His athleticism was never in doubt and he showed that at the Scout.com Combine in Pittsburgh when he ran a blistering (4.38) in the forty-yard dash. Ifill made a smooth transition to cornerback this year and didn't miss a beat. He showed that he was capable of being a very good cover corner and most schools seem to agree as Ifill is currently being looked at by most as a potential cornerback. Even if Ifill doesn't progress the way he should as a cornerback or safety, he could still be a contributor on offense and special teams.
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