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Maryland Safety Hoping for WVU Offer After Visit


West Virginia's safeties may have felt like they had an extra shadow on Thursday as they went through their meetings and their drills out on the field.

Rachid Ibrahim, a rising senior from The Avalon School in Gaithersburg, Md., was on an unofficial visit to campus, keeping a close eye on the players who at one point held what he now covets: a scholarship offer from WVU.

"I've been taking a couple visits here and there, but I definitely want to build up the offers and hopefully I'll have a decent amount by the end of summer and I'll start narrowing it down," says Ibrahim. "If West Virginia were to offer anytime soon, that'd be really big for me."

Listed at 6-foot-2, 170 pounds, Ibrahim caught the eye of Mountaineers cornerbacks coach Daron Roberts, who saw his film earlier in the year and decided to get in contact with his head coach to begin some conversation.

Little did Roberts know when he watched his film that Ibrahim had already made his own attempt to get picked up on West Virginia's radar.

"I always had interest before," says Ibrahim, who lives just over three hours from Morgantown. "I reached out back when Coach [Bill] Stewart was there, but they never got back to my coach and then out of nowhere Coach Roberts called one day and I guess they found out. They've been keeping in touch ever since then and I'm pretty excited about it."

Every offer that comes in excites Ibrahim at this point because he knows that he is still a relatively unknown commodity. His name isn't flying around all the recruiting circles and he has not yet received a rating from many of the top scouting services.

His job right now is to get his film out and hope that heading into his senior season he will have many more eyes on him than he did as a junior. He currently has offers from Boston College, East Carolina and Ohio and he's hopeful a fourth is on its way after his visit with the Mountaineers.

"Coach Roberts said he's pushing for me to get that offer from his defensive coordinator," says Ibrahim. "They said they just wanted me to get up there so I finally did and now I should hear in the next week or so."

Of course, it isn't as though Ibrahim will just commit as soon as he gets the offer. He intends to wait until he has more to choose from before he begins to gets selective, but he certainly seems impressed by what he saw on Thursday.

"We took a tour, they showed us around the whole place," he says. "We came early for that and then we sat in on the safeties meeting, that was really nice. The place was just gorgeous. All the facilities, everything was just gorgeous. The practice was nice and I really enjoyed it overall."

If Ibrahim was shadowing the safeties, that meant spending a day with co-defensive coordinator Joe DeForest as well. From the classroom instruction to what he learned on the field, Ibrahim felt it was a productive day.

"He's a really, really smart coach," he says of DeForest. "He was pointing out even the littlest things because he really wants you to be your best, which I could tell by the way he was directing his players. He wants to bring the best out of his players and he's going to push them to get there and I really like that."

The hope is that since he has met DeForest and seen the facilities and shown that his interest is genuine, the defensive staff as a whole will take a look at what Roberts has already seen. Once they have, Ibrahim may be getting a call from his coach telling him that the school he visited on his spring break has become the fourth to offer him a scholarship.

If it does, Ibrahim has a plan for how he would repay it.

"I'm just trying to be a hard worker. I want to be able to show Coach that I can be that guy that he can rely on and I can out-compete and beat out anybody that we play against," he says.

For now, he is back home, enjoying what's left of his spring break and keeping close tabs on his phone, hoping it will ring.

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