4-star DE Planning Official to Notre Dame

SOMERVILLE, N.J. -- Four-star defensive end Alquadin Muhammad of Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) said Wednesday he plans on making an official visit to Notre Dame. He also talked about a close friend on the Irish and his relationship with the coaching staff.

SOMERVILLE, N.J. – If Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) four-star defensive end Alquadin Muhammad wants to know anything about Notre Dame, he doesn't have to worry about a recruiting pitch.

He can call his good friend and former high school teammate, Elijah Shumate, now a freshman at Notre Dame.

"I talk to Elijah a lot," the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Muhammad said. "He loves it. What he likes about it is it's a family. It's just like Bosco. It's a family. We play together, we work together, and that's how you get championships."

Notre Dame, led by defensive coordinator Bob Diaco, has made such an impression with Muhammad that he plans on making an official visit either in the fall or after the season as he begins to look at visits.

"I definitely want to take one to Notre Dame," the 6-foot-3, 230-pound Muhammad said. "I definitely want to take one to USC. I'll take one to Alabama. I don't know what other ones I will take."

Muhammad added he is also looking at Michigan, Rutgers and "a lot of (other) schools," but the more he hears about the Irish, the more interested he becomes.

"They try to see how I feel about the place," Muhammad said. "They want me to come out and visit the place and be around the players and see what their program is about and if it's a good fit for me."

Muhammad also likes Diaco.

"He's a great person in general," Muhammad said. "He talks to me about how school is going. Everything is not about Notre Dame and stuff like that. He tells me even if I don't go to the school, if I have any questions I can call him and ask him questions. That's what it is about, having a relationship if I'm going to the school or not.

"He has nothing against me if I don't go to Notre Dame, which is great."

How Muhammad fits into a school's defensive scheme is important, but he would not mind playing in a 3-4 as an outside linebacker.

"(Schools) said I would play a little bit of defensive end, maybe stand up as an outside linebacker and rush the passer or drop back into coverage, which is great," Muhammad said. "I like playing with my hand on the ground over standing up and I like a 4-3, but if not, it doesn't matter."

However, his current focus is on getting ready for the season.

"You have to handle business first and worry about (recruiting) later," Muhammad said. "This is the most important thing right now."

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