Big Time DE Muhammad Updates Recruitment

Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) defensive end Alquadin Muhammad may end up the top recruit in New Jersey in the Class of 2013. Muhammad holds more than 30 verbal scholarship offers and discussed his mindset about recruiting along with plans to cut his list.

Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) defensive end Alquadin Muhammad had seven teammates go to Division I schools last season after winning a high school national championship. So when it comes to the recruiting process, he has plenty of advice and plenty of people tugging him in different directions.

Going from three to more than 30 verbal scholarship offers in the last three months, Muhammad is learning to be humble and diplomatic about the process, he said.

"The thing is I literally like every school equally," he said. "I know some people just say that, but any school that wants to offer me a scholarship is a huge honor. I have offers from pretty much everywhere in the country and they're all equal."

Muhammad has no leaders, but has the longest relationships with Rutgers, Boston College, Colorado and Notre Dame based on former Bosco teammates and camps.

Former teammates Gary Nova, Paul Canevari, Leonte Carroo and Darius Hamilton are now Scarlet Knights, with Yuri Wright at Colorado, Elijah Shumate at Notre Dame and Mike Strizak at Boston College.

Don Bosco also camps annually as a team at B.C.

"Guys like Darius and Shumate are really helpful to me," Muhammad said. "Obviously they want me to play with them, but they want me to make the right decision. They have great advice."

When it comes to the technical parts of recruiting, Muhammad said he turns to Don Bosco head coach Greg Toal and assistant Anthony Campanile.

Muhammad plans to take multiple visits this spring to various schools, but does not have any plans set in stone.

Visits, Muhammad said, are necessary before he thinks about cutting his list or making a decision. The first cut likely does not come until the start of his senior season, he said.

"I don't want to cut any school until I learn a lot about them," Muhammad said. "Everyone is still equal."

Before his junior tape got out and his recruitment exploded, Muhammad knew of verbal offers at Rutgers, Boston College and Colorado dating back nearly a year.

"I really like Rutgers," Muhammad said. "Rutgers is home. I have teammates there. I love the coaches and they're great. But I like all of the coaches recruiting me. I like any school that likes me. Everyone is equal."

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