2012 Intro: M.J. Salahuddin

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. --- Inside Carolina profiles junior M.J. Salahuddin, a 6-3, 185-pound safety at Jack Britt High School.

Scouting Report

"He is more of an ‘in-the-box' type safety for us," Jack Britt head coach Richard Bailey said. "We like him to be down in the hole, which is one of the reasons we might convert him to WILL linebacker this year… He gives support in the run, comes up and blitzes off the edge when we ask him to, plays the flats, [and] be a man-to-man guy on the slot receiver."

Salahuddin is primarily being recruited as a safety.

"His best college position is probably going to be safety – I don't know, we'll see how he fills out. He weighs 190 right now and he's kind of lean – he could be an Under Armour model. He works out in that weight room – he'll be 205 by football season."

Prep Career

After starting a playoff game as a sophomore, Salahuddin became a fulltime starter at safety this past season for Jack Britt, which went 11-2 and reached the second round of the playoffs.

"He played free safety [and] strong safety – we kind of interchange them," Bailey said. "We do a lot of left, right. So he has experience doing both."

Salahuddin ended the 2010 season with 79 tackles, three sacks, an interception, four pass breakups, and a forced fumble.

"He did a good job," Bailey said. "There are some things that he could get better at, obviously. But, he's very, very coachable and works as any kid we've had in this program…

"He does what you ask him to do. If he screws up, he's not an excuse maker. I've never heard him give an excuse."


Salahuddin is hearing from Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina, NC State, and Wake Forest.

"ECU, they come by all the time," Salahuddin said. "I like the recruiting coach up there. He talks to me [and] he gets personal with me."

"East Carolina and Duke have already basically offered him," Bailey said. "They basically said they want to see his junior film. They'll offer him in the spring sometime…

"I think he'll be a summer camp offer for somebody like [North] Carolina. He'll go back to camp, if he shows some improvement in some areas, then I think he could get an offer from Carolina or a place like that.

"I don't know if he's going to be big-time, big-time [recruit]… Right now, it's hard to tell with him, because we've got to see how he matures physically and how he runs. He's not a burner, but he's not slow."

Last summer, Salahuddin camped at UNC. Besides returning to UNC, he also plans to camp at Clemson, Duke, and East Carolina this summer.

Salahuddin attended football games at Clemson, Duke, and East Carolina last fall.

"I'm just trying to test the waters right now [and] see which ones I like," Salahuddin said. "… I pretty much like the ACC, but I wouldn't mind playing in the SEC."

Salahuddin said his parents will have a major say in his collegiate decision. While evaluating schools, he and his parents will focus on academics first and foremost, coaching staff, and depth chart.

Salahuddin noted that he grew up a "diehard" UNC fan and considers former Tar Heel and Jack Britt alum Wesley Flagg a brother.

Tar Heel assistant coach Sam Pittman recruits the Fayetteville area and has already made a stop at Jack Britt to see Salahuddin. New UNC coach Brian Baker also met Salahuddin when Baker visited Jack Britt last week to chat with 2011 commitment Devonte Brown.

Extra Notes

Salahuddin's maintains a 3.6 grade-point average… He also is a reserve on the basketball team and participates in track and field in the spring (400-meter dash and high jump).

Video provided by Jason Pughe of AthleteVault.com.

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