The 5'11", 176-pound recruit plays both wide receiver and defensive back at a four-star level for Penn Hils High School in the Pittsburgh area. Now going into his senior season, Brandon Ifill said that he is focused on two things: 1.) learning as much as possible before making a college decision and 2.) improve his versatility on the gridiron.
Ifill recently returned from a recruiting trip at West Virginia last weekend and has attended events at both Pittsburgh and Maryland in the last month. He said that he plans to return to Maryland's senior camp after also attending the Terp's junior camp and he will visit Rutgers Monday.
"In the last month or so I've pretty much just been working out and going out to different schools for special visits and stuff," he said, adding that his trips to both Pitt and WVU raised his opinions of the schools. "I really like both of those schools. They're both really interesting and I've learned some stuff in both visits that I didn't know. I really like both programs, they're both big time. I left knowing more about the schools."
Ifill told Scout.com (http://recruiting.scout.com/2/865961.html) May 18 that his top three schools were Maryland, Michigan and Pittsbrugh with the Panthers slightly leading, but he told SOR exclusively that he has yet to truly cut his list beyond eight schools and that Michigan State, Rutgers and West Virginia are "legitimately" still in the running.
"It's kind of tough [juggling so many offers], but it's a blessing at the same time just knowing that I have so many choices to choose from, but it's difficult on the other hand because you don't know what to choose and you don't know where to go," he said. "I Just try to treat it as much as a learning experience as I can and learn as much from the coaches as I can to figure out where I need to go and what I need to see before next fall."
Ifill said that the Scarlet Knights could definitely move up or down on his list pending this Monday's visit to Piscataway.
"I'm basically just going to take a look at their facilities, talk to some of the coaches and learn a little about the program because I really don't know a whole lot about the program so that's basically what I want to get out of going up there," he said.
And as for that second goal, Ifill knows exactly what he needs to do.
Ifill's 4.40 speed gives him the ability to play both offense and defense at a high level and he proved that as a junior hauling in 31 balls for 450 yards and three touchdowns on offense and making 37 tackles and a pick on defense.
"I'm not really sure [what position I want to play in college] because I've never really taken that approach even when I play now so this year I think I'm going to try and make myself more well-rounded this year," he said. "I especially want to improve on the defensive side of the ball because I've never really taken that as seriously [as my offense] and I think I can play defense at the next level. I just want to improve all around and have fun."
Ifill credits his speed for being able to play defense so well without the attention that he's paid his offensive game.
"My biggest strength, as most people will tell you, is probably my speed," he said. "It's not just that I'm fast, but I move around well and I play bigger than what I am and I'm really not afraid to hit anybody or go up against anybody."
Ifill Soon to Visit Rutgers
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