Ahmed stars at tailback for USC

USC went on a scholarship offer spree to juniors on day two of the Rising Stars Camp, but one scholarship offer got the "dream school" label.

Kirkland (Wash.) athlete Salvon Ahmed has spent much of his time this off season showcasing his skills as a defensive back, but at USC Rising Stars the rising junior earned a scholarship offer at another position.

“I came to the camp, and fortunately, I had a really great day,” said Ahmed. “The running back coaches really liked me, and after the camp, Coach (Steve) Sarkisian came over to me with Coach (Johnny) Nansen and my parents to offer me a full ride scholarship.”

Ahmed is a jack of all trades on offense, which is where he prefers to play. As a sophomore, he sprinkled in 384-yards and five scores with 379-yards receiving on 34 catches and five more scores.

Ahmed is an all-purpose machine that adds to a stacked class of running backs in 2017.

“I worked out at running back today because usually I work out as a defensive back,” said Ahmed. “You can showcase more as a defensive back in camps, but running back is what I’m most comfortable with and it worked out.

“Coach Sark said that I was a great player, and mentioned that they don’t really offer a lot of kids out of Washington. He felt I’n a perfect fit for the scheme they have, especially coming out of the backfield as a receiver.”

Ahmed followed in the footsteps of junior running backs Stephen Carr and Najee Harris, who both performed at Rising Stars Wednesday.

The experience of Rising Stars was all positive from Ahmed’s perspective.

“I really like the staff’s coaching methods at USC,” said Ahmed. “They make you feel like they really want you as a player.

“I also liked the school. It was different than I thought it was going to be. I thought it would be this really huge school, but it wasn’t too big. I loved it.”

Ahmed has no immediate plans to commit or narrow down his list of college choices with scholarship offers from Oregon, Washington, Utah and Stanford, but admits that Thursday’s news made an impact on his recruitment.

“It’s big, very big,” said Ahmed. “I’ve been a USC fan since I was a little kid, so to get an offer from your dream school is big to me.

“But I’m taking the recruiting process slowly, taking my visits and I’ll probably make a decision sometime before my senior year.”

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