I’m not saying that the Pitt coaches think Corey Clement is a shaky — at best — commit to Pitt at this point. The fact that Clement is visiting Wisconsin and seems to have a lot of interest in Notre Dame seems to be enough of a hint.
So, while Panther fans dream of the Dorian Johnson commitment, another offensive lineman, and maybe a linebacker or two Pitt gets a commit from an athlete/running back/safety.
Pitt received its 19th commitment from the Class of 2013 on Thursday night when running back/safety Rachid Ibrahim told coaches he will enroll next year.
Ibrahim (6-foot, 180 pounds) attends the Avalon School, a Catholic all-boys school of 100 students in Gaithersburg, Md.
“He is not only the best athlete, but the hardest worker,” Avalon coach Tad Shields said. “You can’t ask for a better leader.”
Ibrahim held offers from BC and Iowa. He had interest — but no offer from Penn State, Mizzou and Virginia Tech.
I’m not down on the verbal of Ibrahim. He’s a consensus 3-star recruit (Rivals.com, Scout.com, 247 and ESPN.com). His athleticism makes him a very versatile player for the offense. Heck, the ESPN.com evaluation is rather optimistic (Insider subs).
Has the size and athleticism for the running back position at the major level of competition; his frame appears capable of supporting additional bulk over time. … We see a downhill ball carrier with the quickness and vision to locate creases get through the line and up to the second level in a hurry; runs over his pads showing the lateral foot quickness and jump cut ability which freezes linebackers; flashes the short burst needed to break out of the pack. Displays good peripheral vision with a feel for defenders when in heavy traffic and although we fail to see an explosive second gear his playing speed makes it very difficult to run him down once a step is gained; demonstrates the ability to run outside, showing the ability to stretch the defense with good plant and cut ability. His receiving involvement appears limited however he displays the ability to catch out of the frame with outstanding run after catch production. This guy is a tough customer who challenges defenders with a strong, over the pads finishing effort. Ibrahim’s toughness and playing speed could earn him early playing time if a red shirt year isn’t deemed necessary.
Given the presence of Rushel Shell and Issac Bennett as the presumed top-two backs for next season, a redshirt does seem likely.
Ibrahaim is the 19th verbal. Pitt presumably has only a few spots left. You know they are holding spots for Johnson, Robert Foster and/or Tyler Boyd. Yet I can’t help but feeling like Pitt has so many holes and is so lacking in depth at several spots that it is concerning.
In other recruiting notes, future Pitt QB Tra’Von Chapman continues to thrive in his senior year of high school.
Chapman, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound senior, has already made a verbal commitment to Pitt. He is having a big senior season at Roosevelt High School, a Division II program (second-largest of six classifications) in Kent, Ohio.
Chapman has tortured opponents with his passing and running and has helped Roosevelt to a 7-1 record. Chapman is one of the leaders in passing yardage in Ohio, completing 136 of 237 for 2,223 yards and 28 touchdowns. He has thrown for more than 200 yards in every game.
On the ground, Chapman has rushed for 464 yards on 85 carries and scored five touchdowns.
At this point, I just worry about injuries or that Ohio State makes a huge push at the last minute.