Husky Offer 'Big' For Ahmed

He's only a sophomore, but Juanita (Kirkland, Wa.) ATH Salvon Ahmed already has a bit of a cult following by Puget Sound region recruitniks. Recently, the talented two-way athlete received his first FBS offer and as luck would have it, it was from his hometown school...

"They asked me to come up there and visit them, so I did that (on Wednesday)," Ahmed told "It was cool because I went down with my mom and my stepdad and we met with all of the coaches and then coach (Chris) Petersen asked us to come into his office with him.

"We just talked a lot about football and how he loves the game, but he also said he's about more than just the game. He's about the whole person and he's looking for guys who are OKGs. I found out that means 'our kind of guys' and he said I'm an his kind of guy and he offered me.

"It was big."

In addition to offering Ahmed as a player, Petersen also stressed the advantages of the academics at Washington.

"He talked about the school and how great the benefits are of going to the local school and why Washington is such a great school," Ahmed said. "That was really impressive to me and my parents. I think the whole meeting went really well."

The Huskies are the first FBS school to offer the talented two-way athlete, joining Montana State who offered during the summer, as only the second college program to offer the sophomore.

With his local ties and the fact that Washington has made him a priority, was Ahmed tempted to commit?

"Oh no, not at all," Ahmed said. "I'm still just a sophomore, so I've got a lot of time. A lot of time.

"They didn't want me to commit anyway. They just said to take my time and go through the whole process.

"I don't know if I will go all the way up until Signing Day (in February of 2017), but I definitely will wait until after my junior season for sure and probably into the summer even. I'm not really in a hurry."

In addition to UW and MSU, Ahmed said he's been getting a lot of letters from Pac 12 programs and he plans to take some official visits during the spring and summer next year.

Ahmed plays out of the slot and backfield on offense for the 5-2 Rebels and he's totaled nearly 800 yards of offense (379 rushing, 397 receiving) to go along with seven touchdowns and he's also totaled over 20 tackles as a corner on defense.

"Washington likes me as an athlete, so they really haven't said where they think I fit best," Ahmed said. "I'll play either side. I really don't care. I'm just thankful for the opportunity to play ball and that they thought highly of me enough to offer so early.

"It's a big honor."

This weekend, Juanita takes on Liberty (Issaquah, Wa.) as they make a final push toward the state playoffs.

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