Salvon Ahmed heads into summer with a plan in place.
More college visits are something that will have to wait. Ahmed, a four-star athlete from Kirkland, Wash., doesn’t plan to schedule any more trips until official visit season arrives in the fall. That will come after he solidifies a top five, which is part of the summer plans.
“As of right now I’m just focusing on making my top five during the summer,” Ahmed said. “Then I’ll go from there with the schools where I’ll take officials. I don’t know if I’m gonna take all five of my officials, but I know I’m definitely gonna take some.”
Ahmed spent spring visiting some local suitors with trips to Stanford, Oregon and Washington in the books.
Those programs have all offered along with Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Oregon State, USC, Utah and Washington State, among others. In fact, Ahmed has seen most of the Pac 12 schools at least once already.
Notre Dame is perhaps the one outlier that could sneak into his top five. Defensive backs coach Todd Lyght has been talking to Ahmed for more than a year.
“It’s been good,” Ahmed said. “I’ve been keeping in contact. They want me to just come down there and see everything and meet everybody in person. The relationship is still good.”
Ahmed considers his relationship with the Pac 12 schools strong as well. Although he’s not ready to name any programs safe to make the top five or receive an official visit, Ahmed knows what he’s looking for in a potential landing spot.
Relationships with the staff will be a major piece of the puzzle.
“Obviously, a successful program,” Ahmed said. “And then a group of coaches that really want me. They really want me at their school. Not just the one coach that’s recruiting me wants me but the head coach wants me, he goes out of his way to talk to me. It’d be great if I can get a great relationship with the whole coaching staff and not just my recruiting coach. That just shows how much a school is really invested in you.
“Also, just going to a school where I’d be happy if I don’t have football. That’s why I’m taking officials into the process. You need to get into the school and see how you feel on campus and if that’s where you’re really gonna be happy if you don’t have football.”
Ahmed, who’s being recruited mostly at running back and some at cornerback, will spend the next couple months in football mode with a pair of marquee events to go along with finalizing his top five.
Later this month he’ll travel with his 7-on-7 team to Bradenton, Fla., for the IMG National 7-on-7 tournament. Then in early July, Ahmed will take part in The Opening Finals after earning an invitation from the Oakland regional.
Heading to Nike to compete against other top prospects will be a highlight for the 5-foot-11, 182-pound prospect.
“I’m excited to get to go against the top guys,” Ahmed said. “No one is gonna be just mediocre or some guys aren’t going to be very good. It’s the best of the best. I always love testing myself to see where I line up against some of the best guys in the country. I’m really looking forward to the experience and will take the whole thing in. It’s not something everyone gets to go through.”