Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Four stand out for ESPN 150 DE
By William Wilkerson
SAN ANTONIO - - Some of the most storied programs in college football history are flipping the script on ESPN 150 defensive end Alquadin Muhammad (Ramsey, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) and putting the speed rush on him.
Muhammad, who checks in at a solid 6-foot-4 and 225-pounds, is rated as the No. 8 defensive end in the ESPN 150 and played like it during the first day of practice at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Monday. So it’s no wonder why he holds over 20 offers.
However there are four teams right now that are standing out the most: Notre Dame, Miami, Rutgers and Alabama. Muhammad is expected to make his commitment on Saturday during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Muhammad has yet to visit Notre Dame but feels comfortable with the Irish because of the relationship he has with freshman safety Elijah Shumate, who played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl last year.
“I played with him at Patterson Catholic then we moved to Don Bosco Prep and developed a great friendship,” Muhammad said. “We did a lot of things together. That’s my friend. We always talk about schools. He let me know the ups and downs. I would love to be around him when I play. It depends what school I pick, obviously.”
To date Muhammad has taken an official to Miami, an unofficial to Alabama and has unofficially visited Rutgers “numerous times.”
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Muhammad said there are key factors a program and its university must have in order to get him on campus.
“My main focus is on academics and making sure they can help me succeed in life as far as in the classroom and on the football field,” he said. “Also, I want them to help me be a better man and a better person.”