Ifill Is A Man On The Move

Brandon Ifill's 4.4 speed has come in handy on the football field, but it's also served the junior from Penn Hills High School in Pittsburgh well as he finishes this scholastic track season and moves into summer recruiting.

Brandon Ifill has shown up at various combines in the area, attended the Pittsburgh spring game and has been a key sprinter for the Indians. Through it all, the 5-foot-11, 176-pound Ifill has proven to be quick and versatile, and he's hopeful those attributes will land more scholarship offers.

"I have nine right now,'' Ifill said. "Pitt, Maryland, West Virginia, Purdue, Connecticut, Michigan, Minnesota, Rutgers and Akron. So, I have some, but maybe I'll get more this summer before my senior season.

"I never expected all this attention, especially as a junior in high school, but it's nice to have it happen. I like it, and I'm going to get everything I can out of it. I'm going to take visits and go to combines and camps to see where I stand.''

Ifill's speed and coverage skills should make him either a receiver or defensive back in college, most likely a safety, and he has the size to be physical at either position as well. He's also a high-character kid, and that's what the Pitt coaches like about him the most. The Panthers are looking at him on defense.

"Pitt's at the top of the list right now,'' Ifill said. "I here from them the most, and they're in my own backyard. So, they're on top right now. And my parents went to Pitt, so they wouldn't mind if I went to school there. So, it's a good school, the football program is on the rise, and it's close to home.

"There's a lot of things in my favor here. Coach Gattuso has been recruiting me, and he's a good guy. And I also talked with Coach Hafley. Some teams are recruiting me as a receiver, but most are after me for defense. I would be a corner or safety even though I never played corner before.

"But I think I could handle it if I worked at it,'' Ifill added. "And that's what I'm going to work on at these combines and camps. So, we'll see if I can show them what I can do. I have the speed and some size, all the tools, so I just have to show the scouts what I can do. And I want to have a big senior season.''

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