Irish Offer SoCal Running Back

Notre Dame went to Notre Dame High (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) to extend an offer to running back Khalfani Muhammad, who spoke to IrishEyes.com about the offer, and whether he will make a visit to campus.

Khalfani Muhammad has been talking to Notre Dame assistant coach Mike Denbrock for a while, but the conversation took an interesting turn Thursday.

After months and months of recruiting, the Irish offered the 5-foot-8, 174-pound running back from Notre Dame High of Sherman Oaks, Calif., the same school that produced former Irish quarterback Dayne Crist.

"I've been offerd by Notre Dame," Muhammad said. "They're on my list. They're a top school overall, and I know I'm real excited about it. They wanted me to give them a call. We (Muhammad and Denbrock) had a conversation and then told me they wanted to offer me a scholarship."

The Irish join a growing list of schools to offer. Muhammad already held offers from Arkansas, California, Cincinnati, Oregon State, San Diego State, UCLA, Utah and Washington.

"They want me to come out there and take a visit," Muhammad said. "I'm going to take a visit later on. I haven't even thought about when."

Muhammad rushed 183 times for 1,126 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior, and is considered a speed back who can also play in the slot. He caught nine passes for 118 yards and score.

"They just love how I play the game," Muhammad said. "They like how I run the ball and able to catch it and contribute in different spots."

Muhammad added he is also building a relationship with Denbrock, and he met offensive coordinator Chuck Martin when the duo visited the San Fernando Valley school in the spring.

"I know they're real good coaches," Muhammad said. "They have a lot of experience in what they do. I've been talking to them for a while now and just talking every now and then to get to know them."

Muhammad also holds the Irish in high regard because of its reputation, but admits he knows little about the particulars.

"It's a tremendous school; a good business school, medical field," Muhammad said. "The tradition is good, and it's a popular program."

However, the Irish will have plenty of time to make an impression with Muhammad.

"I do not have any favorites," he said. "I'm going to take my visits and then decide."


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