Recruiting: Texas LB to check out Norman

Garland, Texas linebacker/safety Joseph Ibiloye profile and update.


Coaches who watch Joseph Ibiloye come away with different impressions of where he will play at the next level, but all of them come away with the same conclusion that no matter where he plays he will be a tremendous player in college. Ibiloye is a fantastic safety in high school and many schools feel he could be do the same in college, but you have others who feel he will put on at least 30 pounds and grow into a very quick and fast outside linebacker.

Ibiloye started last season at strong safety and finished the year with 90 tackles, one interception, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

"This upcoming year I am going to play free safety, but I am projected as a linebacker in college," said Ibiloye. "I will basically play wherever the team will need me. I really like safety because I like to roam the field freely, but it really doesn't matter to me."

No matter where Ibiloye plays or is going to play, people that watch him play know that he is some kind of football player.

"I really like to hear and read good things about me," said Ibiloye. "When I do hear or read something positive about me, that just motivates me to workout and get better. I can't sit around and think I have made it or anything because I haven't really made it anywhere yet. I feed off of that publicity so I can live up to it."

Ibiloye can bench 270 pounds, squat 450 and he posted a 31-inch vertical jump. He has attended the Scout combine at the Dallas Cowboys training camp and it was there that he ran a 4.55 40 and proved that he was one of the better players in Texas.

"I think my lateral movement is what I do really well," said Ibiloye. "I am really good running sideline to sideline. I think I chase the football really well."

Ibiloye, who has visited Texas, Oklahoma State, Baylor and TCU unofficially, has been offered by TCU, Baylor, Oklahoma State, OU, Central Florida and Texas A&M.

"I am just trying to wait and get information on the all the schools that I am considering," said Ibiloye. "I don't have a favorite right now, but I will try to make my decision before the start of our season."

What does Ibiloye think about Oklahoma?

"They are a real good school for football," said Ibiloye. "I have been looking at Oklahoma since I was a little kid. I used to watch them on TV all the time growing up and I still do watch them on television. I talk to Coach (Brent) Venables, who is the Defensive Coordinator. He is real cool and tells me right off the bat where he wants me to play. He tells me that he wants me to play linebacker. So if I sign with Oklahoma I don't mind getting bigger and playing linebacker. I am going to look at Oklahoma very hard. Right now I am think I am going to take official visits to Texas A&M, Oklahoma and TCU. I am going to keep those final two visits open.

Ibiloye says he hopes to get up to Norman unofficially this summer, but he admits that he grew up a Texas Longhorn fan.

"Yeah, being a Texas kid I rooted for the Texas Longhorns growing up," said Ibiloye. "But at this point that isn't a factor at all and I am looking at several schools right now. I have a former teammate (Phillip Payne) that goes to school there and he showed me around when I went up there. I have enjoyed all my unofficial visits thus far and I look forward to checking out Oklahoma this summer."

Ibiloye has qualified.

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