Class of 2013 four-star defensive end Alquadin Muhammad learned of verbal scholarship offer more than six months ago, but is seeing his recruitment explode while playing for national champion Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.). Muhammad began the season with verbal offers from Rutgers, Boston College and Colorado and picked up three more during the year.
"Recruiting is going great, Muhammad said. "I'm getting offers and looks from all over the country. I never expected it to happen like this. … It felt great getting these offers. [It is a] tremendous honor to hear from those coaches. It's not over yet, though, I have many more to come."
Without many opportunities to travel, Muhammad said he is most comfortable with Rutgers.
"It's too early for a leader," Muhammad said. "I like all five, but I probably know the most about Rutgers. They're close and I talk with them the most I think. [Assistant coach Jeff Hafley] is a great guy and I always have my teammates talking about Rutgers."
Muhammad will visit Rutgers this weekend after coming earlier in the year to see a game as well.
"Rutgers is great," he said. "I've got teammates already playing there. I've got one and probably more coming in next year. It's about 20 minutes away from my house. My family can come see me play. It's a great feeling dealing with them."
Muhammad is a part of a Bosco defensive line with three seniors, two of which are going to BCS schools. Defensive end Mike Strizak is verbally committed as a linebacker to Boston College and five-star defensive tackle Darius Hamilton is down to five schools.
"I'm definitely going to miss my other offensive linemen, but next year I have to step it up," Muhammad said. "I'm going to be that guy like Darius that needs to make big plays and inspire people. I need to lead.
"Who knows? Maybe I will get to play with Darius or Strizak or [safety Elijah Shumate] in college."