Salahuddin Thrilled To Be In The Shrine Bowl

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- NC State commitment M.J. Salahuddin was a late addition to the Shrine Bowl roster, and the Fayetteville (NC) Jack Britt standout was thrilled when he received the news over the weekend.

NC State commitment M.J. Salahuddin was a late addition to the Shrine Bowl roster, and the Fayetteville (NC) Jack Britt standout was thrilled when he received the news over the weekend.

"I can't even explain it," he stated. "[Laughing] If I had a son, it would probably feel like having a son. It was weight off my shoulders. I felt the whole time like I was going to be selected and once I did it was great."

Salahuddin was informed that he was added to the team by Jack Britt head coach Richard Bailey, who is serving as the defensive coordinator for North Carolina in the game.

"Coach Bailey called me and I was at Gold's, getting ready for next year," said Salahuddin. "He was like we need you and I thought he was playing at first but when I realized he wasn't I told him I'd be down there as soon as possible. He gave me all the information, and I came down here. It was exciting."

For North Carolina he is currently working with the first-team at outside linebacker, a position that he is familiar with after playing outside linebacker and safety for Jack Britt.

He is also being recruited to play that position by NC State.

"As an outside linebacker I feel like I can fly around and make plays," he said. "State wants me to play there so that's what I'm working on right now.

"That is actually why I committed to State when they were recruiting me. They told me how they wanted to use me and it is basically the same spot I played for Jack Britt. It is not going to be a big change for me... I feel comfortable there."

Britt and Salahuddin lost in the Eastern Regional finals to Garner, a game that he believes they let slip away.

"It was tough," he said. "We were underrated going into the game, and we were beating up on them pretty good but let it slip away.

"I thought we could have beat them, should have beat them, but I can't look in the past. It is water under the bridge now."

For the time being he is enjoying his experience at the Shrine Bowl. He is spending a lot of his time with fellow Wolfpack commitments James Summers and K'Hadree Hooker.

"They are great guys," said Salahuddin. "I like it because I'm getting the chance to play with them before I really get to play with them up at State.

"I'm getting to know them more and more this week. It's going to be great because we can start building that bond together."

Salahuddin committed to NC State over the summer after earning an offer from the Wolfpack following a strong camp performance. He attended several games in Raleigh... what did he think of the Pack's season?

"It had its ups and downs," he said. "I knew all along we could be a good team like when we beat Clemson and Carolina and had that come back against Maryland.

"We had our downs like when we lost to Boston College, teams we shouldn't have lost to, but I know for a fact we can be a really good team."

He intends on taking his official visit to NC State in January and remains firmly committed to the Wolfpack.

"I'll be going for my official with James Summers and Josh Sessoms," he said. "I'm focused like never before. I'm trying to get my weight up. I want to put on 15 pounds before I head up there in the summer. I'm just working on that."


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