The college offers for Ibrahim Barry didn’t start rolling in until recently, his Division I offer in May and first Power Five offer in June, but the offers haven’t stopped since.
Barry, a 6-foot-6, 200-pound tight end from North County High School in Glen Bernie, Maryland, narrowed his focus to a top eight featuring Virginia Tech, Rutgers, Pitt, Toledo, James Madison, South Dakota, Syracuse and West Virginia.
TOP 8!! 👀 pic.twitter.com/k92yXWF1O7
— Ibrahim Barry (@ibrahimbarry111) July 31, 2022
Barry told Pittsburgh Sports Now in June that when he was picking up FCS and Division II offers initially, he felt like the schools were trying to keep it lowkey and potentially ward off any outside interest. But when the first Power Five offer arrived, it sort of opened the floodgates.
Pitt was one of the first Power Five schools to offer Barry in June, with tight ends coach Tim Salem extending the offer personally.
“When I talked to Pitt, they said that they needed a bigger receiver, and I wrote back ‘I’M YOUR GUY’ in all caps,” Barry said. “I told them that I mean that and hopefully I’m the guy that you want. I told them that I want to come out there and perform for you. He then asked how much I weigh, I told him and then said I currently bench 315 pounds, and I’m only going to get stronger. I would like to stay as a receiver, but Pitt is offering me as a tight end. This is all a blessing and wherever I go, I’m going to be ready to play.”
As a big-bodied target for North County in 2021, Barry racked up over 700 yards and 11 touchdowns through the air. And while he’d like to be a wide receiver, he could be a versatile threat in Pitt’s offense.
Pitt has not currently picked up a tight end commit in the class of 2023, so Ibrahim would be a potential option, along with official visitor Jackson McGohan (who is committed to Cincinnati currently).