Muhammad Recruitment Sky-Rockets in Offseason

Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) 2013 defensive lineman Alquadin Muhammad is quickly following the recruiting path of friend and former teammate Darius Hamilton. Muhammed has hit the double-digit mark in verbal scholarship offers and spoke about the transition into the offseason after winning a national championship.

Four-star defensive end Alquadin Muhammad of Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) is up to 11 verbal scholarship offers, including recent pickups from Notre Dame and Alabama.

Beginning his junior season with offers from Rutgers, Colorado and Boston College, Muhammed emerged from a dark-horse defensive end to one of the top New Jersey prospects in the Class of 2013.

"It's not something that's a big surprise to me because, going to Don Bosco Prep, I've seen it happen to other people," Muhammad said. "I've worked incredibly hard for this and when you work hard, good things happen to you. I had a great season, so my coaches sent my film to a bunch of different schools and the coaches like what they saw. I wasn't surprised at the rate this is all happening."

Muhammed also holds verbal offers from Florida, Miami, Ohio State, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.

He has no favorites, but said he is most familiar with Rutgers, Notre Dame, Boston College and Colorado because of teammates at the schools.

"All of these schools are equal for me right now and they're going to stay that way for a while," Muhammad said. "I want to look at any school that wants to give me a scholarship. I like them all."

Rutgers was one of the first schools to offer Muhammad and remains in good standing after Greg Schiano's departure and Kyle Flood's hiring.

Muhammad is close friends with defensive lineman Darius Hamilton, who signed with Rutgers last week and played next to him on the line last season. He has good relationships with the remaining coaching staff and other Rutgers players Leonte Carroo, Gary Nova and Paul Canevari.

"I don't think Rutgers is going to miss a beat," Muhammad said. "Their recruiting class is really strong this year and it's just a great program from what I know so far. I like all of the schools recruiting me right now and having Coach Schiano leave doesn't make me less interested or anything."

Muhammed has no plans to attend offseason combines, but expects to camp at Boston College with the rest of his team and will consider other camps, he said.

"Things are going great in my life as far as recruiting," Muhammad said. "I know of a lot of offers and I should be getting more and more. ... We camp every year at B.C., so I'll go there and maybe some other places."

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