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
“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
“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
“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.”
Ahmed stars at tailback for USC
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