NCF On The Trail: Alquadin Muhammad

Weekly Commitment Update 

January, 11, 2013
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ACC
Clemson
Ebenezer Ogundeko DE Brooklyn, N.Y./Thomas Jefferson
HT: 6-3 WT: 229
Position Rank: #10 DE
SAN ANTONIO -- Wednesday was a day off for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl teams. Instead of working out and participating in drills, the players took in visits around the city -- including a stop at the Alamodome for photo opportunities and to see their game apparel -- and used the day to recover from two days of practice.

The teams will return to the fields on Thursday in arguably the most important practice of the week. Here are five things to keep an eye on for Thursday’s practice:

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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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In the East region, the biggest movers came in Virginia.

First, Jonathan Allen (Ashburn, Va./Stone Bridge) jumped from 71st in the nation to 40th. Just behind him at No. 41 is Derrick Green (Richmond, Va./Hermitage). The tailback went from 53rd to 41st. Outside linebacker Doug Randolph (Woodberry Forest, Va./Woodberry Forest) jumped 15 spots from No. 159 to No. 144. The move was significant because it earns him the coveted ESPN 150 designation.

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