Friday, March 1, 2013
ATH Muhammad set for K-State visit
By Damon Sayles
The one thing about junior days that hardly gets recognized: It’s the perfect time for an athlete who knows little about a program to get as much information as possible.
That’s the primary objective for athlete Alim Muhammad (St. Louis/Mary Institute Country Day School), as he prepares for Saturday’s junior day at Kansas State. A 5-foot-9, 155-pound athlete who can play both sides of the ball, Muhammad feels a lot of questions he has about the program and the city of Manhattan, Kan., can be answered with a positive visit.
“I just want to see K-State and see what the program has to offer,” he said. “I’ve never been up there, and Saturday will really be the first time I interact with K-State. I haven’t talked to any of the coaches from K-State before, so Saturday will be the first time.”
Muhammad said the invitation to the junior day was the first time he had heard from Kansas State -- and he’s hoping Saturday won’t be the last time. While the recruiting process is still starting for him, Muhammad said he sees positives in where the program is and where it can be in the future.
Muhammad played for a MICDS team that only won one game during the 2012 season, but he showed himself as a do-it-all player. Offensively, Muhammad caught 19 passes for a team-high 360 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for a touchdown. He averaged nearly 19 yards per catch.
Defensively, Muhammad was a cover defender who recorded an interception and a fumble recovery. He also returned kicks and punts for MICDS.
“I’m a good athlete, but academics are just as important to me as football,” said Muhammad, who owns a 3.5 grade-point average and wants to study business in college. “I can be very helpful to the football program with the skills I bring to the table, and I will give every college a shot at recruiting me. Each school has something to offer. As of now, I’m just waiting for my first offer.”
Muhammad said schools such as Iowa and Ohio State have shown early interest, and he added that he has interest in what California is doing on the football field and in the classroom. He added that while he’s projected by some to be a cornerback in college, Iowa is looking at him to play on both sides of the ball as a cornerback and a wide receiver.