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Sunday, January 6, 2013
Muhammad ready to restore ‘The U’

By Damon Sayles


SAN ANTONIO -- Watching the old videos of the Miami Hurricanes -- the dominant football teams of the past -- made ESPN 150 defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad (Ramsey, N.J./Don Bosco) wonder if the program can relive those days. That’s his mission for the next four years.

Muhammad verbally committed to Miami during Saturday’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl, choosing the Hurricanes over Notre Dame, Rutgers and Alabama. The nation’s No. 8 defensive end said he’s ready to bring that fire and passion of the old Hurricanes teams back to the program.

“I think it’ll be a great road to success to where I can try and develop into a young man,” said Muhammad, ranked No. 95 in the ESPN 150. “I’m going to go in and take over. I’m going in trying to start. I believe I can make it happen. I want to help the program by bringing in my talents and helping the team win a championship.”

Muhammad, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound end, is the No. 3 player in New Jersey in his class. He had additional offers from Alabama, LSU, Florida, Michigan, Penn State, South Carolina and several other programs.