4-star DE Muhammad Talks Irish, Recruiting

Notre Dame is one of the many schools to offer Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) defensive end Alquadin Muhammad, and he spoke to IrishEyes.com about the Irish, and how he is handling the recruiting process.

Defensive end Alquadin Muhammad hears the Notre Dame recruiting pitch on a near-daily basis, and it isn't coming from the Irish staff.

Instead, it is Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) Prep teammate and Notre Dame signee Elijah Shumate subtly mentioning the Irish, and there are also conversations with Notre Dame assistant coach Bob Diaco.

But the 6-foot-3, 230-pound Muhammad isn't spending much time with the recruiting process. In fact, he knows of about a dozen schools to offer, but acknowledges many more have. He just doesn't keep track or get caught up in the hoopla of it.

"Notre Dame is a great school," Muhammad said. "Academically, they have great alumni across the country. It's a great school. All their games are on national t.v., which is great. Their first game (in 2012) is in Ireland. That's big-time. It's great stuff. Not too many teams go to Ireland. That's crazy."

Alabama, Boston College, Colorado, Florida, Miami, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Rutgers South Carolina, Oklahoma and Virginia Tech are among the schools to offer Muhammad.

"I treat every school the same," he said. "I like close to home or far. It doesn't matter. I'm looking for a school that has a lot of athletes that graduate and get degrees. You just don't a lot like that, and a program that is a family and has a lot of high character guys and is a great program and a great fit for me, not only when it comes down to football, but academically.

"I want to go to school where there are academics and a great football program and there's great guys all around you and you can't go wrong, and a place where I love the school. When I make the choice, I want to make the choice that is best for me."

Muhammad is also well-versed in the recruiting game since Don Bosco produces more Division I talent than any school in the northeast. In the 2012 class, the Ironmen sent seven players to FBS schools, including close friend Darius Hamilton, a five-star defensive lineman heading to Rutgers.

"All these coaches are all going to be great," Muhammad said. "That's their job and they're coming with their ‘A' game. You don't really know unless you keep talking to these guys. The more you keep talking to these guys you can see the change in them.

"That's what you have to do, keep talking to them and that's how you can really tell how a person is because once you get to the school it's going to be much different."

IrishIllustrated.com Top Stories