The class of 2020 was vital in terms of signing elite secondary talent. Texas landed four-star safeties Xavion Alford and Jerrin Thompson from Shadow Creek and Lufkin respectively. They also secured a pair of four-star cornerbacks in Kitan Crawford and transfer Jahdae Barron from John Tyler and Pflugerville Connally, respectively.
The class of 2021 landed an elite secondary prospect of its own when four-star cornerback Ishmael Ibraheem out of Kimball High School (Dallas, TX) announced his commitment to the Longhorns via his twitter.
Ibraheem joins a talented Texas 2021 class in which prior to his announcement, was a top-20 recruiting class in the nation. The star cornerback helped Kimball reach a 7-4 record last season and recorded 35 tackles and defended four passes as a junior. As a sophomore, he accumulated 24 tackles with seven passes defended and an interception.
The lockdown corner is ranked as the 13th best cornerback in the 2021 class and the 28th best player in the state of Texas via the 247Sports Composite. Ibraheem had offers from SEC powerhouses such as Alabama, Georgia, LSU, and Auburn but ultimately decided to stay home in the Lone Star state and join the Longhorns.
Name: Ishmael Ibraheem
High School: Kimball
City, State: Dallas, TX
Three Best Traits:
Acceleration – Ibraheem can go from zero to 60 in about half a second. Whether it’s keeping up with a receiver or stepping up to bring down a ball carrier or even chasing down someone on special teams, Ibraheem has the ability to get after anyone. If he loses a step at first, he’ll be right back with you before you know it.
Height and Length – At 6’1 Ibraheem already possesses solid height to cut it at this level and the next. What’s even better is his length. He has legs and arms like a basketball player. What he lacks in size he easily makes up with his longer extremities.
Anticipation – Ibraheem has amazing anticipation at the cornerback position. The quarterback starts to take off? He’s already read the play and made the tackle. He’s exceptional when it comes to tracking the ball, especially on deep routes. He’s a guy who can go up and make a play on the ball no matter where it is.
Areas for Improvement:
Frame – Above I pointed out how Ibraheem has great size and length. Something for him to work on his senior season is filling out the rest of his frame. If he can bulk up his core and add some strength, then he could become a serious problem for offenses.
Tackling – Ibraheem is a fine tackler at the high school level. With his speed, he can go up to the line of scrimmage and make a play on a running back or quarterback. In transition though, can he make a tackle on a wide receiver breaking away for a touchdown? That’s an ability he can absolutely improve on in his final year at Kimball.
Ibraheem is a tall, lanky corner with great length, speed, and ball skills. He’s one of the best players in Texas and one of the best cornerbacks in the nation for his class. A starter at Kimball since his sophomore year, his senior year will provide him a season to really refine his skills before he becomes a star at Texas.
Landing a commitment from Ibraheem is a huge win for the Longhorns. With the influx of talent at wide receiver across the board, it is more important than ever to have a top-tier cornerback that can lock someone down. Ibraheem is one of the best in the nation for the 2021 class at his position. He will add incredible depth to Texas secondary and when it’s his time to shine he will step up to the plate in a major way.
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