East No. 5 RB Mychale Salahuddin has a leader amongst his Pac-12, ACC, Big Ten, SEC, Big 12 suitors

CLIFTON, Va. -- Washington (D.C.) Woodson running back Mychale Salahuddin breaks down several schools on him the most.

Mychale Salahuddin, the No. 1 running back in Washington, D.C., is diggin' being the No. 1 running back target of a school across the country.

USC emerged atop Salahuddin's list as his recruitment begins to gain clarity, but there is plenty of company for the Woodson High standout.

"I've actually been talking to USC a lot," the 5-foot-11, 200-pound Salahuddin said. "I've been talking to Arkansas, a lot to Maryland, of course. Nebraska, with (running backs) coach Freddy Davis, I've been talking to them a lot. I've been talking to Oklahoma a lot, and North Carolina.

"They are all schools that are really sticking out to me in the process. They all have opportunities when football is over. They have life opportunities."


Salahuddin made a recent visit to Georgia, which is yet to offer but could extend one during the spring evaluation period.

However, it is USC captivating Salahuddin the most.

"They're at the top right now," he said during The Opening Regional at Centerville High. "Their message is I'm their guy. I'm the No. 1 guy they are recruiting right now at the running back position and I could come in and make an early impact. For me, with USC, it's a huge opportunity and a huge platform to go out there and make a huge difference and put Washington, D.C., on the map."

Salahuddin is planning a June visit to campus, and meeting with coach Clay Helton and running backs coach Deland McCullough is a priority.

"I want to see the relationships and if everything is real down there and if they are genuine," Salahuddin said. "(McCullough) told me that I'm his guy, that I could go in and make an impact and USC is a championship contender every year. 

"USC is a big football powerhouse, but I want to see the opportunities after football. I want to see life opportunities, academics, and how they are going to help me when football is over."

Although USC is high on Salahuddin's list, there are others in close contention, and one is Oklahoma. 

The Sooners already have a relationship at Woodson after they signed former running back Abdul Adams and safety Parnell Motley.

"Knowing Parnell goes there, that is big," Salahuddin said. "We played together, and then with Abdul, that would be something great. I know they like it there a lot. It is somewhere I want to get to so I can check it out."

Maryland is always a factor with Salahuddin because of its proximity, and the way the Terps are recruiting.

"They are doing the whole movement with (local) guys going there, and they and they can do big things," Salahuddin said. "(Assistant) coach Aazaar (Abdul-Rahim), I've known him for a long time. He tells me what it is like there, but we talk about a lot more than football."

Another school showing interest is Georgia, which is yet to offer.

However, Salahuddin believes one could be coming after a recent visit to campus.

"They rolled out the red carpet for me," Salahuddin said. "It was an honor. I got to talk to the head coach (Kirby Smart). My favorite part was breaking down their offense and seeing how I could be in it. I walked around the campus, got to meet different people at the school, and I got to go to the stadium.

"I felt comfortable down there. I felt like I was walking into a situation that was already set."

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