Pittsburgh Penn Hills athlete Brandon Ifill hasn't been able to dedicate as much time to recruiting as he intended to in recent weeks. The Keystone State star had planned to take a few visits following his participation in the Army junior combine in early January, but other commitments have prevented him from doing so.
"I've got indoor track right now and I've got outdoor in a couple of weeks," Ifill explained. "I've been working out a lot towards (getting ready for) my senior year. I'm probably just going to wait until the summer time (to take visits). I'm also going take my SAT next month and I'm going to take it again in May so I can start going on some of my visits."
When Ifill finally does hit the road in the coming months, he will have two additional stops on the on the itinerary.
"(In early January) I had (offers from) Michigan, Pitt and Penn State," he recalled. "Now I've got West Virginia and Maryland too. Every school except Maryland is recruiting me for corner. Maryland wants me to play receiver."
Ifill flashed his versatility at the Army combine by working out at both wideout and defensive back. Lately, though, he has begun favoring one side of the ball over the other.
"To be honest, now I'm starting to lean more towards defense," Ifill admitted. "I haven't really worked on it a lot. I've mainly played offense in high school, but this past year I played more defense and I think I could be really good at it on the next level."
Many scouts and coaches believe that also. Working with and against teammate Cullen Christian has been an important part of his ongoing effort to get better. The two youngsters hope that they'll be able to continue to pushing one another as teammates on the next level as well.
"We talk about (recruiting) every day," Ifill said laughing. "(Going to the same school) is not the #1 priority. We're basically getting recruited by the same schools and we know it possibly could happen. We tell each other what we're feeling and what we hear when we talk to coaches. It is a priority for sure… just not the #1 priority."
One of the schools Christian and Ifill have in common is Michigan. Christian has made no secret of his affinity for the Maize & Blue. Ifill looks upon Wolverines very favorably also, but they aren't the only ones that holds that distinction.
"Right now I can say I like Michigan a lot and I like Maryland a lot," Ifill reported. "Those two schools probably are my favorites right now."
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Ifill in the weeks to come.