A top defensive back target of the 2021 Texas football recruiting class released his latest round of finalist cuts on April 8. Four-star Kimball cornerbak Ishmael Ibraheem is one prospect that had the attention of Texas since early on in his recruitment.
The Texas Longhorns football program got pretty far ahead of the game by offering Ibraheem back on June 6, 2019. Texas offered him around three weeks earlier than the rival Oklahoma Sooners did (June 26, 2019). But both schools managed to land among his top 10 finalists.
Ibraheem dropped his latest round of finalist cuts on his Twitter timeline on Wednesday evening. It continued the train of finalist lists that keep dropping on social media, at least giving the Longhorns and their fans some sources of good news in the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The other eight schools that managed to get in Ibraheem’s top 10 included the Alabama Crimson Tide, Auburn Tigers, Baylor Bears, Georgia Bulldogs, LSU Tigers, Michigan Wolverines, TCU Horned Frogs, and Texas A&M Aggies. His list is thoroughly dominated by the Big 12 and SEC.
That does make sense since Kimball is a native of Dallas, TX, and most of his offers came from schools out of those two conferences early in his recruitment.
However, the latest offer that Ibraheem received prior to announcing this latest round of finalist cuts came from recently promoted head coach Jimmy Lake and the Washington Huskies on April 8. But no schools from the PAC-12 would make his top 10.
Ibraheem also held offers from nearly three-dozen schools when he dropped his top 10. The more significant of the offers that he cut came from the Michigan State Spartans, Mississippi State Bulldogs, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Oklahoma State Cowboys, Ole Miss Rebels, South Carolina Gamecocks, Texas Tech Red Raiders, and USC Trojans.
He ranks as the nation’s No. 124 2021 high school prospect, No. 12 cornerback, and No. 20 prospect out of Texas. He stands at 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, an ideal size for what recently hired defensive coordinator Chris Ash will be looking for at the cornerback position.
Texas has yet to land any cornerback recruits in their 2021 class. The only true four or five-star cornerback prospect that Texas landed in their 2020 recruiting class was four-star John Tyler product Kitan Crawford.