Kirkland (Wash.) athlete Salvon Ahmed is one of the most dynamic playmakers you’ll ever see on film, but despite this, he is looked at more as a regional recruit than a national name.
Playing high school football in the far reaches of the Northwestern United States has its disadvantages in terms of exposure, but Ahmed is keen to use that as an advantage in preparation.
“I feel like kids from my area have to work that much harder to get noticed,” said Ahmed. “I use that as motivation when these coaches do come to see me. I feel like I have more to prove even more.
“It’s been an exciting experience with a lot of college coaches telling me they’re coming to see me on DM (Twitter). Recruiting has definitely picked up, and it’s going to pick up even more as the evaluation period gets underway.”
USC will be one of those schools to visit Ahmed in May.
The Trojans have been recruiting Ahmed primarily as a running back. While he has made no distinction as to what position he wants to play in college, Ahmed does associate USC with the Tailback U moniker.
“They were my childhood favorite,” said Ahmed. “I loved USC and Reggie Bush. I was a major fan.
“When I got that offer, it was a dream come true. But a lot of things have changed. I have a lot more offers and I’ve had to grow out of it being my dream school. Now I have to consider what’s best for myself for other reasons.
“But USC is still a top school for me because of the success and what they have to offer. Especially if I go there and play running back. Their running backs have been good for years.
“Then you have the education. I want to study communications, and the school is perfect for that. That’s what I like about USC. I can see them being a top team I’m considering.”
Over the course of the next two months, Ahmed hopes to narrow down his college options to five. With unofficial visits planned for Stanford and Oregon, he would like to take one addition trip before narrowing down his choices.
“I’ll be down at Stanford May 20 and I’ll be at Oregon April 30 for their spring game,” said Ahmed. “I’ll also be in Oakland May 22 for the Oakland Opening Regional.
“I’d like to get out to see Notre Dame too. I don’t have a date for that, but I talk to Coach (Todd) Lyght a lot. I want to get out there and see what they have to offer.
“Hopefully before the beginning of summer, I’ll have an idea of where I’ll want to take my official visits. That’s basically why I want to narrow it down to a top five. Even now, with the schools that I visit unofficially, I just want to build my relationship with those coaching staffs. That’s a big part of my decision, so I want to get to know these coaches better.”
Ahmed has no plans to unofficially visit USC between now and the beginning of the season, but his relationship with the Trojans coaching staff is carryover from the last coaching staff.
“I actually spoke to Coach (Clay) Helton and Coach Tommie Robinson last week,” said Ahmed. “I still talk to Coach (Johnny) Nansen too.
“Nothing has really changed with the new staff. They’re still liking me as a running back. We still have good contact and Coach Helton was just telling me how excited they are to recruit me.”