Four-star 2013 DE Muhammad Visits Rutgers

Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) four-star defensive end Alquadin Muhammad used his Saturday to take an unofficial visit to Rutgers and support his team in the passing camp. Muhammad spoke with after finishing his visit about what made this trip to Rutgers different than the many he took in the past.

Rutgers and Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) four-star defensive end Alquadin Muhammad have a relationship dating back years.

Muhammad now has offers from the majority of Division I schools heading into his senior season, but had just three at this time last year — Rutgers, Boston College and Colorado.

Muhammad's physical ability came into the spotlight as a junior with the undefeated national-champion Ironmen.

Now a top prospect in the Northeast, Muhammad is keeping his recruitment low-key, but discussed his recent unofficial visit to Rutgers during a passing camp yesterday.

"I think [the visit] was great," said Muhammad, who was on campus for approximately four hours. "It's a great opportunity to see the place and stuff like that. I've seen things that I've never seen before and just building a better relationship with the coaches."

Muhammad did not participate in 7-on-7 drills or instructional periods, but receive a personal tour of the campus with one of his mentors, Nasir Gaines. Gaines is the current coach of the Brick City Lions, a youth football program in Newark.

He coached Muhammad in Pop Warner and his opinion is important to the top 2013 prospect.

"He coached me when I played for the Scorpions in Pop Warner," Muhammad said. "We won two back-to-back championships. It was great seeing him and having him here to see Rutgers with me. ... He liked Rutgers a lot."

Muhammad hit it off with defensive line coach Jim Panagos, who has been recruiting the prospect since before he came to Rutgers from the UCF staff in the offseason.

"I think he's a great guy," Muhammad said. "Me and Coach Panagos have a great relationship going back even when he coached at UCF. I knew him since then and we just have a great relationship. He's my type of guy. He's a down to earth guy. He's a good coach and he's good for the players and stuff like that."

Muhammad remains close with former five-star teammate Darius Hamilton, who enrolled at Rutgers last month. Set to begin his freshman season at Rutgers, Hamilton is actively recruiting Muhammad to join him.

"Darius loves the place actually," Muhammad said. "He's trying to get me to come up here. The coaches and the system are right. He loves his teammates and stuff like that. He's trying to get me down here with him."

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