BSD’s recruiting staff sat down for a roundtable on each prospect Penn State signed in the 2020 class. Coming in at No. 24 was three-star offensive tackle Ibrahim Traore.
What makes you excited about Ibrahim Traore?
“Traore is a gargantuan human being who also apparently plays lacrosse, which leads me to believe that he’s probably got nimbler feet than anyone that size should have. There’s a chance he never gets up to speed, because the jump from NY football to the Big Ten is huge. But if he does, watch out.” --Clay
What worries you about Ibrahim Traore?
“Traore is a large person who has better feet than most players his size. However, as Clay alluded to, he’s facing a big jump from New York City Football to the Big Ten. Traore will have to improve a lot when it comes to his form and technique. In the Big Ten, he will not be able to just lean on people.” --Marty
Do you think Ibrahim Traore will be redshirted next season? Around what point of his career do you think he pushes for meaningful playing time?
“Definite redshirt for Traore in 2020. I imagine Traore won’t be a factor in things until his redshirt sophomore season in 2022 when players like Rasheed Walker, Desmond Holmes, and Anthony Whigan are all gone. That’s when the offensive tackle spots open up a bit more, though Caedan Wallace very well could have one of those spots locked down depending upon where (insert next offensive line coach) likes him best.” --Patrick
What is your projection for Ibrahim Traore: depth provider, starter, multi-year starter, all-conference, or all-american?
Clay: Depth provider. The issue for Traore is that he’s at least three years away and Penn State could pull in a 2021 class of offensive linemen who are just about ready to go already.
Marty: Depth provider. Traore has a high ceiling with his length and athleticism. However, he has a lot of work ahead of him to redefine his body and frame.
Patrick: Depth provider. Was a fan of the offer and love the potential, though.
Lastly, where do you have Ibrahim Traore ranked in Penn State’s class?