Muhammad commits to Cal

In somewhat of a surprise move, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame running back Khalfani Muhammad made his college commitment on Tuesday and it was to a school currently without a head coach.

Throughout the season, Khalfani Muhammad was pretty consistent in saying he didn't want to think too much about recruiting until his season ended. The Knights season came to an end with a 2nd round playoff loss two weeks ago but rather than go through the recruiting process, the running back decided to just go ahead and pull the trigger.

"I committed tonight to California," Muhammad said. "Ron Gould, the running back coach, came in for a home visit tonight and he told me he's going to return for sure next season. I know they don't have a new head coach yet but I really like Coach Gould a lot, he has been there for 16 years and is one of the best in the business.

"Cal has had a number of running backs go on to the League (NFL) and coach Gould is a big reason for that. You spend more time with your position coach than your head coach and I have a great relationship with Coach Gould so I felt like this was the best fit for me."

Muhammad said there were other factors that went in to his decision.

"I wanted to stay in California," Muhammad said. "Cal is in a great location, I'm far enough away from home to feel like I'm getting away but close enough to go home when I need to and my family can come up any time they want. I like the West Coast and I plan to run track in college and Cal is going to allow me to do both.

"I didn't want to drag out the recruiting process. I took a lot of unofficial visits in the summer and I feel like I have a good idea of what's out there. I don't plan on looking at other schools or taking other visits. Like I said, Cal is a great fit, even if you take football away, it's still a great school and especially academically. I'm very happy and relieved to have my decision out of the way and excited to be a Bear."

Muhamad had a big senior season playing against one of the nation's toughest schedules. He rushed for 1,420 yards and 18 touchdowns and is one of the nation's top sprinters as well. He won state titles in the 100m (10.52) and 200m (21.15) last year and also anchored the Knights state winning 4X100m relay team as well.

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for
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