Black did plenty of that this last season, totaling 70 tackles, including 40 of those solo and he grabbed six interceptions on the season. The amount of solos is impressive in respect to how many overall tackles he's had, but even more impressive is how Black gets them.
Believe it or not, this is a potential future DB, who can't get enough of supporting the run.
"I love coming up in there on the line of scrimmage," he said. "It's one of my favorite things to do. I spend so much time running across the field on passing plays, it's nice to be able to come up to the line and just hit someone.
That's not typical of a DB prospect, who stands just over 5 foot, 10 inches tall and weighs around 170 pounds. But if you think that's a break from the norm, you ought to listen to him as to where this Florida kid would like to play.
"I don't really want to play in Florida, I know that," Ahmad said. "I don't know, but I'd like to just play somewhere else beside in-state."
The top candidates for that are Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, Ohio State and Nebraska right now, the Rebels and Huskers having offered Black in writing. And of that group, Black said he will probably visit (unofficially) LSU, Georgia and Ole Miss at some point this spring or summer.
As to the Huskers, Black said that he likes the work ethic of the Huskers and he said that of his conversations with cornerback coach Phil Elmassian, he likes the fact that he's straightforward, because with some schools, you don't always know. "I just got done talking to this one school and it sounded like they were feeding me a line," he said. "They make it sound like you are the best ever or something like that."
"I don't know, because it's nice to think that, but when you hear stuff like that, you think they are just telling you whatever to get you to go there."
Black will no doubt get even more of that as the year progresses, especially if he hits his goal of 10 interceptions this year. He's going to be awfully popular if he can put up those kinds of numbers for his team. That's ok, because Black isn't necessarily looking for THE team, but he's definitely looking for A team, which can fit everything he feels he needs.
"I don't really care if a team is playing for a national title," Ahmad said. "I'm just looking for a team that has an opportunity for me to play early, because if they have like six DBs, I'm probably not going to go there. I'd just like a place that has good coaching, a good chance for me to play right away and they know how to put guys in the league."
"I am not really looking at much else."
Black said that as of right now, if he were to name any leaders, it would be LSU, Georgia, Nebraska and Ole Miss. There's some interest in staying in the south, but it's not going to ultimately determine where he goes. "Hey, if it fits me, it fits me and I'll go wherever. Weather and distance don't mean a thing."
"But I'd like it if it wasn't in Florida. Outside of that, I don't care."