Muhammad is taking UW very seriously

One of the fastest football recruits in the west, if not the nation, Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks, Ca.) RB Khalfani Muhammad, spoke with recently about how recruiting is progressing as well as where Washington stands on the list of schools who have offered...

"Things have been going really well," Muhammad told over the weekend. "I'm in the middle of state qualifying for track and so far I am the fastest in the state with a 10.45 in the 100 and a 21.10 in the 200.

"I'm also running the relays, 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 and we're close on those as well."

On the football side of the things, Muhammad has 10 offers to his name -- Arkansas, California, Cincinnati, Duke, Oregon State, San Diego State, UCLA, Utah, Purdue and Washington -- and he said he's been thinking about his favorite schools, but hasn't come to any conclusions.

"I've been thinking about things, but I'm not really close to figuring out a top five or anything yet," Muhammad said. "I want to take some more (unofficial) visits before I start to narrow things down, but Washington is definitely a school that has made a big impression on me."

The coach recruiting Muhammad for the Huskies is Jimmie Dougherty, but he said he's been talking to several of the coaches on the staff.

"I usually talk to them at least once a week," Muhammad said. "Coach Dougherty was just down here recently a couple of weeks ago to see me and I was up there during the winter to check out the school and the campus.

"It's the best campus I've seen so far and I really enjoyed their facilities presentation where you could see what their upgrades are going to look like. That was pretty amazing."

As far as where Washington sees him playing, Muhammad said it's strictly at running back.

"They definitely just like me at running back," Muhammad noted. "Everyone except one school, Oregon State, likes me at running back. OSU wants me as a slot guy, like James Rodgers, but everyone else likes me as a tailback."

As a sophomore in 2010, Muhammad posted 851 yards on 161 carries and scored 13 touchdowns while also hauling in 21 passes for 279 yards and a touchdown. This past season as a junior, he racked up over 1,100 yards and scored 12 touchdowns on the ground while hauling in nine receptions for 118 yards and one more score.

"I don't like to limit myself as a runner," Muhammad said. "I can run inside pretty well. I'm tough and I like to break tackles, but with my speed, I'm a breakaway guy, so I like to get the ball in space too.

"I will do whatever my team needs me to do to help them win."

Muhammad noted that he plans to take all of his official visits before he makes his decision and said he likely won't make a commitment until after his senior season is completed.

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