Sunday evening, prior to his announcement Penn Hills safety elaborated on the reason why he chose…
Ifill Chooses Panthers
Pittsburgh (Pa.) Penn Hills three-star safety Brandon Ifill made it official this evening that he will attend the University of Pittsburgh. Scout.com spoke with Ifill on Sunday evening upon his return from an official visit to Maryland. "I actually decided tonight," Ifill said. "I was at Maryland this weekend and I was talking with my parents about it on the ride home. I didn't feel real comfortable with the stability of the staff at Maryland and what is going on there. To be honest, I really couldn't think of any reason not to choose Pittsburgh." Some may be Surprised to know that Ifill wasn't very serious about Pittsburgh in the early going. "I really didn't take them very seriously until I went to the Navy game." Ifill explained. "I saw a lot of the freshmen playing and starting like Dan Mason and Dion Lewis and I realized that if I go there and do the work that I could play early." Ironically, Ifill's teammate and close friend Cullen Christian said one of the reasons why he chose not to attend Pitt was the fact that Pitt defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley was not as seasoned as some other guys who he could play for. Hafley was a big reason why Ifill chose the Panthers. "It was on my mind until I visited. Ifill said when asked about Hafley. My mind changed as I spent more time with him. I spent a lot of time with Coach Hafley and I really like his style." Ifill said when asked about Hafley. "We both want the same things. I just felt really comfortable with him." Western Pennsylvania is the territory of defensive line coach Greg Gattuso and he also played a big role in Ifill's decision. "He played a huge role in my decision." Ifill said of Gattuso. "I always felt like I could talk to him at anytime. He was different than most, because he never negative recruited. the whole staff was like that. They sold me on Pitt and they weren't trying to say anything bad about any other schools. They just kept it real with me." Ifill wouldn't name schools or coaches, but he said that was one aspect of recruiting that wore thin with him was the negative recruiting. "There are a lot of coaches out there that do it," he said. "It's funny sometimes, but it's just real petty type stuff. It is crazy sometimes how they act. I guess that is part of the whole deal, but Pitt never did it and that made a big impression with me. It seemed to get worse as it came down to crunch time." Ifill chose Pitt over his other four finalists Maryland, Rutgers, West Virginia and Michigan. Scout.com will have more on this breaking story.
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