March 6, 2009

Big-time offer excites Ohio defensive line prospect

Wyoming, Ohio, defensive end Jibreel Black noted on Tuesday he couldn't believe the recruiting attention he has already received. On Wednesday, he was floored by his newest and biggest offer …

"He already had offers from Michigan State, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Indiana, so some really nice schools, but the fact that one of the big three has offered now is really a big deal to him," Wyoming coach Bernie Barre said.

"In the Midwest, there are four heavyweights with Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State and Notre Dame and for Michigan to be the first of those four to offer, I think that really impressed Jibreel."

The 6-2 253-pound prospect was not included in's early look at the top 25 Ohioans in the Class of 2010 but there is a good chance he'll finish there after drawing such heavy interest this winter.

"He probably has 15 offers already, from programs in the SEC, ACC, Big Ten and Big East," Barrie said. "We posted his film on our school's Web site and there have been a lot of schools that have seen that and then tried to jump into his recruitment immediately."

On the tape, which can be seen
here, Black bursts off the edge while also showing the determination to make the play no matter where the ball goes. Around the 2:10 mark, he tracks down a receiver at least 20 yards downfield.

"That's the play everyone talks about," Barrie said. "Most high school defensive ends rush the passer and when the quarterback gets the pass off, they stand with their hands on their hips and watch the rest of the play unfold. But Jibreel closes in on the quarterback and then turns to find the ball and takes off. He's relentless to the ball.

"He's very quick, strong, but the best thing about him is he has one of those motors that is always going. He keeps going and going and going until the play is dead."

Ohio State has not yet extended an offer but has sent an assistant on a visit to Wyoming. The hometown Buckeyes might have some catching up to do, though, if they become involved.

"Sometimes that school that shows early interest just really steps to the front, and sometimes not, but I can just tell you he was really excited to get that Michigan offer," Barrie said. "I don't think he's in any rush. He wants to take a few visits this summer and then make a decision before his senior year starts, to get it out of the way."

In 2008, Black ranked third among Cowboys with 41 solo tackles, including a team-high six sacks.

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