Ibrahim, a Rivals.com three-star talent, decided on the western Pennsylvania school over Iowa and Boston College.
“I felt comfortable there, it’s close to home and it’s a great school,” Ibrahim said of Pittsburgh. “Iowa is too far and I loved BC but it didn’t feel like home.”
Ibrahim plays running back and different defensive back positions for Avalon but is listed by scouting services as an athlete, meaning it isn’t clear where he will play in college.
“[Pittsburgh] wants me to play safety, but they haven’t ruled out playing on offense either,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what position I play.”
Currently, the Panthers play in the Big East Conference with schools such as Louisville and Connecticut but will join the Atlantic Coast Conference in the fall of 2013. The ACC includes local teams Maryland and Virginia, but also features national powers Florida State and Miami.
Pittsburgh, once a top team in the Big East, has struggled recently and is on their forth coach in three years. They’re 2-4 this fall and 0-3 in the Big East.
Still, Ibrahim’s recruitment bolsters a solid 2013 class for Pitt that ranks 33 by Rivals, just behind perennial powers Oregon and Nebraska. The group includes Tra’von Chapman of Kent, Ohio, a top quarterback prospect with a four-star rating.
The Dream, as Ibrahim is referred to by coaches and fans, stormed onto the high school football scene as a sophomore when he rushed for 1,800 yards and 26 touchdowns. His first season with Avalon after transferring from Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville.
With Ibrahim on the roster in 2010 and 2011, the Black Knights not only enjoyed their first winning seasons but won back-to-back Capital Area Football Conference championships.
Avalon (3-4) travels to McLean, Va. Saturday to play the Potomac School at 2:45 p.m.