Ifill High On Terps

TSR's Ethan Rothstein talks to 2010 prospect Brandon Ifill about recruiting.

After losing Darrius Heyward-Bey, the Maryland receiving corps looked much less formidable.

So far this year, the only man to cement his spot among the starters is the blindingly fast Torrey Smith, who leads the nation in all-purpose yards with 748 (C.J. Spiller of Clemson is second with 630).

Brandon Ifill, a 5'11”, 180 lb. receiver from Pittsburgh, can try to change that.

Ifill said Maryland coaches are telling him that if he comes to College Park, he'll have a chance to compete for a starting spot from Day One.

Of course, that's a pretty big if. Maryland is competing against Michigan, Virginia and Pittsburgh for the receiver, who also plays safety.

“I really like [Maryland's] coaching staff and what they're doing there,” said Ifill. “I like Michigan's academics and their coaches. Virginia's very family oriented, which I like, and Pitt's the hometown team so I really know them and I know the coaches.”

Ifill originally had an official visit scheduled at Maryland for this Saturday's game against Rutgers, but the Terps rescheduled it for December. Ifill says that a visit to College Park on game day is the only thing he hasn't seen on his recruiting trail.

Of course, if Ifill is hoping to line up next to Smith, there's no one better to talk to than the man himself.

“I've talked to Torrey Smith a few times,” said Ifill. “I try to see what he does to help out my own game.”

Ifill says the strongest parts of his game are the mental side and using his speed. He runs a 4.4 40-yard-dash.

“I pride myself on being able to know what's going on,” he said, “reading coverages, knowing where to be.”

The Terps want to see him in red and white next year, and the desire is mutual. Maryland hopes that means a commitment.

They're great people,” Ifill said. “They're people I'd like to play for and they're good at what they do.”

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