Linebacker is definitely a position the Texas Longhorns need to address in the class of 2008. Dallas St. Mark's Emmanuel Acho has already given his verbal commitment to Texas, but the Longhorns will likely try to bring in one or two more. One candidate that has a good shot at obtaining an offer is South Garland's Joseph Ibiloye. He talked about his visit to the 40 Acres.
"Yes I did," Joseph Ibiloye
replied when asked if he made it to Texas
' first junior day. "It was pretty informational. It was pretty cool. We ate. We looked at the weight room and talked to all of the coaches. They had a player panel for us to ask questions. It was pretty tight."
Ibiloye did not receive a scholarship offer during the trip, but there is a good chance that he could obtain one in the future.
"Coach (Bobby) Kennedy was telling me that I should be patient and maybe it will come during the spring. Coach Kennedy is real cool. He is like family to me. Coach (Larry) Mac Duff would be my position coach if I go there."
There has been some talk about Ibiloye moving from his natural position of safety to linebacker on the next level. However, the truth is the Texas Longhorns are the only school recruiting him to play linebacker.
"Pretty much all the schools want me to play safety. Texas is the only school that thinks I can play linebacker. I play in the box most of the time. All the other school that have offered want me at safety," Ibiloye said. "I can play both positions, but I will play wherever the team needs me. It doesn't matter to me. I play in the box in high school and come up and make a lot of tackles, so I think I can play either position."
Ibiloye has already attended junior days at Texas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State and has picked up a number of offers over the past few weeks.
"I got offers from Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M," Ibiloye said. "Right now, I'm being open and waiting a while to see what all is out there."
"Texas Tech; I think they might," Ibiloye said when asked if he expected any other schools to offer in the near future. "TCU; they have been showing me a lot of love."
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Ibiloye recorded 85 tackles on his way to earning first team all-district honors as a junior.