Ibrahim and Veii make Maryland Top 100 list

July 25, 2012

The MdHigh Top 100

Rivals Network

After one of the most arduous, nerve-racking processes of the offseason, we are finally ready to release the MdHigh Top 100. The list consists of the top class of 2013 prospects from schools within the state of Maryland.

In addition to our own reports and film study, we spoke with numerous coaches, assistants, scouts and analysts throughout the winter, spring and summer months, gaining valuable insight. What we found is there are probably 150 to 200 local prospects who could be included somewhere in the Top 100. Unfortunately, it is impossible to rank every recruit, and thus some deserving names were left off.

Naturally, there were more than a few discrepancies and debates, leading to weekly changes. The rankings have evolved considerably since we initially put together the list, and they will continue to change as the offseason and season move along.

Here is the basic criteria we used to compile the list.

1. Upside potential (i.e. How well does the prospect project to the Division I level? A 5-foot-10 defensive tackle may be a great high school player, but he does not project as a major college prospect).
2. Opinions from scouts and coaches (i.e. What do opposing coaches think of certain recruits in their conference?)
3.. In-person evaluation/Film study (i.e. Does the prospect “wow” me? Or is he merely solid in all areas?)
4. Current offers (i.e. Are colleges already considering him a Division-I athlete?)
5. Competition level (i.e. Who exactly was the prospect dominating – a private school power or a class 1A team with zero wins?)

Without further ado, here is the MdHigh Top 100.

Note: The evaluations are a compilation of opinions from various analysts, scouts and coaches.

31. Jacquille Veii, ATH, Avalon:

Height/Weight: 5-10/175
Recruiting Status: Committed to Maryland
Evaluation: Veii is only 5-9/5-10, which limits his upside, but he has the potential to be one of those rare undersized cornerbacks who won’t let height get in his way of dominating the position. What Veii lacks in size he makes up for in speed, power, athleticism and smarts. Physically, he’s toned with great muscle definition. He spent a good deal of time as an in-the-box safety last year and used his strength to cut down ‘backs and receivers behind the line. Veii is a sound tackler who wraps up well and finishes with violent hit, usually stunting yards after contact. In coverage, Veii showed solid fundamentals and good overall tools. He has fast feet, flowing hips and a crisp backpedal. Veii gets out of his breaks quickly and shows the ability to flip and track. He also diagnoses well in off-coverage and has the closing speed to undercut a route and knock the ball away. When Avalon played press, Veii got in receivers’ faces and rode them throughout the route. He’s not afraid to play in close and get physical. The question here is whether he can play lockdown coverage against big-time receivers, especially considering he didn’t compete against the best competition at Avalon. Veii rarely had to make up for a misstep last year, so his recovery speed is in question. Offensively, Veii could be an effective slot receiver or running back in college. He was a running back last year and showed good elusiveness, shiftiness, burst and power. He runs a little high for someone his size, but he has great vision and is able to make defenders miss in the open field. A slasher, Veii cuts back well while also possessing the ability to plant his foot and bust it straight downhill. Better yet, he can finish off his runs and beat defensive backs to a spot. And while Veii didn’t catch a ton of passes last year, he looks to have solid hands based on what he’s shown in the offseason. Again, the question is whether he can maintain his top-end speed as an every-down ‘back.

35. Rachid Ibrahim, RB/DB, Avalon:

Height/Weight: 6-2/170
Recruiting Status: Currently holds multiple Division I offers
Evaluation: Ibrahim has an impressive size-power-speed combination that should play well at the Division-I level. On the field, Ibrahim is a long strider who can cover ground in a hurry. He’s able to take a pitch, beat defenders to the edge and hightail it downfield. But while he has decent acceleration, Ibrahim needs even more burst and top-end speed to finish off his runs. What’s most impressive about Ibrahim’s game is his ability to anticipate, see the whole field and make a calculated – yet decisive – move. Ibrahim patiently waits for blocks, picks through holes and then bursts to daylight. He’s able to cut against the grain and change directions to make defenders miss. That said, he tends to lose a step or two when he cuts back. Between the tackles or out in space, Ibrahim is one tough guy. When defenders angle him up he’ll lower his shoulder and fight for yards. We’d like to see Ibrahim chop his feet (making him harder to wrap up) and run with a lower pad level between the tackles, however. It would also help if he developed his hands a bit more in order to add another dimension to his game. As a safety, Ibrahim is a hitter who can shoot the gap and take down bigger ‘backs. He does a great job angling up runners and actively working to fill gaps. But Ibrahim will have to improve his upper-body strength and potency at the point of attack in order to disengage from blocks. In space, Ibrahim shows good lateral quickness, allowing him to run sideline-to-sideline. That said, he has to work on his transitions and continue developing his drops, footwork and hips in order to defend deep in college.

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