The Texas Longhorns inked another big defensive piece of the 2021 class as Dallas Kimball cornerback Ishmael Ibraheem signed on National Signing Day.
Ibraheem committed to the Longhorns in June of 2020 alongside 7-on-7 teammate JD Coffey — who has already enrolled at Texas — but was unable to sign during the early signing period due to personal issues. Following the resolution of those issues, Ibraheem was able to submit his National Letter of Intent to the Texas coaches.
In spite of Texas turning over the entire coaching staff following the early signing period, the Longhorns were able to hold onto his commitment. Ibraheem also held offers from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, and Texas A&M, among others.
The 6’1, 175-pound corner has the frame and speed to develop into a top-end defender for the Longhorns under new defensive coordinator Pete Kwiatkowski. He will likely put on some size as he comes to Texas, but the new strength and conditioning program will focus on making sure whatever size he does add is functional.
When the ball is in the air, Ibraheem does a solid job of locating and attacking in an effort to make a play. Against the run, he is both a willing tackler and is willing to fight through blocks in order to make tackles.
Ibraheem is the joins Jamier Johnson — who is also already on campus — as the two corners in the 2021 class. Securing his letter of intent gives Texas at least two defenders who rank among the top 200 players in the country, a number that could increase to three pending a decision about the future of five-star athlete Ja’Tavion Sanders.
A consensus four-star prospect, Ibraheem is ranked as the No. 198 player nationally and the No. 14 cornerback, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.