One of the more versatile defensive line prospects in the state of Washington’s 2016 is Kennedy Catholic (Burien, Wa.) DL Iziq Ifopo. He played almost every spot along the Lancer’s defensive line this past season and that trait has schools giving him a long look this spring.
“I played all over the defensive line,” Ifopo told Northwest Elite Index. “I can rush the quarterback pretty well, but mostly I am a run-stopper. I have been working a lot on my pass-rush this offseason.
“I think the biggest thing for me is my speed and quickness. For my size, I have good speed and quickness. I can be quicker though.”
As a junior, while playing with a meniscus tear in his left knee, Ifopo still managed to post 48 tackles (25 solo) to go along with two sacks.
“It was last spring scrimmage against Bellevue,” Ifopo recalled. “I tore it in the summer and so I just got a knee brace and played the season with it. After the season was over I got surgery and I’m back now where I want to be and I think that it will help me be faster and quicker off the ball.”
On the recruiting front, schools have begun to show him some interest with several schools dropping by his school to give him a look.
“The schools I’ve talked to so far have been Washington State, Eastern (Washington) and the University of Washington,” Ifopo noted. “I don’t have any offers yet, but there have been a few schools by to check in on me and see how I am doing.”
As far as camps are concerned, Ifopo said he’s started to map a few plans out, but his itinerary is still a little fluid.
“I am going to a couple of camps,” Ifopo said. “I’m going to the Big Man Camp in Olympia (at Evergreen State College) and I’m going to the Northwest Elite Camp for sure (on June 5th at Lynnwood High School).
“I am not sure I can make the Washington camp, but we’ll see.”
Ifopo’s size, quickness and strength make him a matchup nightmare for opposing offensive linemen. If he has a good summer and starts off well during his senior season, expect more schools to stand up and take notice and for him to have multiple offers before it’s all said and done.