Iowa Offers Ibrahim

Iowa first touched base with '13 RB Rachid Ibrahim last week. Friday, the Hawkeyes extended an offer to the MD prospect. Read what he had to say about the opportunity and also get the latest on his recruitment in this update.

Rachid Ibrahim first learned of Iowa's interest in him last week. Hawkeye assistant Darrell Wilson dropped by his Maryland high school. Friday, the Class of 2013 running back received an offer.

"It happened quick," the 6-foot, 180-pounder said. "(Wilson) told us they were looking to sign two or three running backs. He had heard of me through the recruiting data base.

"He was real cool. He got all of my information and transcripts. He said he was going to watch my tape with the rest of the coaching staff and get back to us. (Friday), he called my coach and said they were offering me. I know they're looking for running backs and I'm glad I'm one of the ones that they offered."

Ibrahim plays at the Avalon School in Bethesda. His claim to fame so far is scoring eight touchdowns in a game during his sophomore season.

"I think I have good awareness," he said. "I can get in and out of the hole. I'm able to see cutback lanes. I'm football fast and can accelerate."

Ibrahim reports four scholarship offers. Iowa and Boston College see him as a running back. East Carolina and Ohio want him as a safety.

"I don't really have a preference," Ibrahim said. "It's really wherever I can help the team out and get on the field the earliest."

N.C. State, Duke, Virginia and Penn State have also shown interest in Ibrahim, he said. The Nittany Lions were at an Avalon workout on Thursday.

Ibrahim is scheduled to camp at Penn State, Virginia and Georgia Tech, he said.

"I'll try to visit Iowa later in the summer," he said. "They're the farthest away of the schools interested. I'll probably have to fly out there. I'll get to everything around here first."

Ibrahim, who said he runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds, said he's looking for a coaching staff and a program that feels like family. He said distance from his home will not factor into his decision.

"If feel the love on the other side of the country, I'll go the other side of the country," Ibrahim said. "If the love is two hours away, then it's two hours away."

Iowa has recruited well in the Maryland area in recent years.

"I know they had Marcus Coker from DeMatha but he's not there anymore," Ibrahim said. "I didn't know him. I just know he went out there."

Ibrahim, who is looking at a college major in business, would like to pick a school sooner rather than later.

"I could see myself making a decision by the start of football season if I get out to all of my visits during the summer," Ibrahim said.


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