Is Rutgers still in it for Ifill?

Two schools are in the lead to land Penn Hills High (Pittsburgh, Pa.) receiver/safety Brandon Ifill. Where does Rutgers stand? Are the Scarlet Knights still in it? Ifill talked to about his recruitment, where Rutgers ranks and what he thinks about his final three schools. He also mentioned what he likes about his leaders, and told us which schools he planned on visiting.

Brandon Ifill narrowed his list of schools to Maryland, Pittsburgh and Rutgers, but acknowledged the Scarlet Knights are lagging behind because of his lack of familiarity with the New Jersey campus.

Still, the Scarlet Knights remain committed to recruiting the talented three-star receiver/safety from Penn Hills High (Pittsburgh, Pa.), as evidenced by Rutgers assistant coach Robb Smith attending Ifill's game Friday against Plum.

"I went up there for an unofficial (visit),'' Ifill said of a summer trip to Piscataway. "It is very impressive. You don't hear about Rutgers a lot, but it's a very good program.''

That was Ifill's only trip to Rutgers, and he does not have another planned. He said "I'm still not sure'' whether he will give the Scarlet Knights an official visit, but added Maryland and Pittsburgh would get official visits from him.

"For sure, I'm taking a visit to Maryland and Pittsburgh,'' Ifill said. "They've been recruiting me really hard, and did everything they could. Basically, I've been to Maryland and Pittsburgh a whole lot and I'm really comfortable with their coaches.''

Ifill lives 20 no-traffic minutes from the Pittsburgh campus, and after first having a lukewarm attitude toward playing for the Panthers, his feeling is changing.

"I'm starting to like it a whole lot more,'' he said. "I'm feeling the hometown school and fans, and I'm comfortable with their coaches. And, I can come in and play pretty quickly.''

Maryland offers a different opportunity, Ifill said.

He likes the idea of a closed-in campus, and the four-hour drive from his home isn't too far for friends and family to visit and watch him play.

"To me, it would be a fresh start,'' Ifill said. "I like the coaching staff, how they do things. I like the atmosphere. It's a closed-in campus, but it's pretty big inside.''

There is time for Rutgers to make up ground, although it may be tough. Ifill doesn't expect to take his official visits until December, when he is also targeting making a decision.

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