What To Like: Ahmed is the definition of 'OKG'. He's an outstanding student, a great person and he also happens to be a great football player. He's got a great frame and could easily add another 10 pounds pretty easily. As a tailback, he's strong, he's got great vision and the ability to make guys miss in space. He can be a weapon on fly sweeps and as a receiver out of the backfield and he's a mismatch for most linebackers and safeties in coverage. When he lines up in the secondary, Ahmed shows great ball skills and he never backs down from anyone. He won't be overpowered by bigger receivers and he loves to compete. Ahmed is also an outstanding leader with a strong personality who is very engaging so he'll be a very good locker room presence as well.
What Needs Work: While he posted one of the fastest forty times (4.32) at last summer's Opening down in Oregon, when you watch Ahmed, you don't see a player who plays that fast. Now, don't get us wrong, he still has plenty of speed, but 4.32 would make you think he can outrun anyone. That just isn't the case. He could also be a little more physical as a defensive back when it comes to supporting the run, but that's nitpicking since he's already pretty darn tough.
Where He Fits: We're projecting that Ahmed will get his first reps with the running backs once he arrives at Washington. He's a natural runner with outstanding vision and quickness. With Myles Gaskin and Jomon Dotson entering their junior seasons and Lavon Coleman will be a senior in 2017, Washington definitely needs to add bodies to the position. Yes, Kamari Pleasant and Sean McGrew will both be underclassmen at the position, but you need at least four or five tailbacks to get through a season and Ahmed is a great talent to add to the depth at the very least.
How He Impacts The 2017 Class: Ahmed and fellow commit Connor Wedington's versatility make things tricky in predicting how they will impact the class. Both can play tailback or defensive back. We believe that Ahmed will ultimately wind up at tailback while Wedington will eventually wind up at defensive back, but obviously, the situations are pretty fluid. Whatever happens, both are solid players and will be assets in the depth early in their careers before pushing for starting roles as early as their second year in the system.
The Bottom Line: Washington has done their best to lock up the best talent in the state. With Ahmed's commitment, they now have the top two in-state playmakers available in the class. Beating schools like Notre Dame and Stanford for his commitment shows that the Huskies are able to lock out some of the top national recruiters in college football and he will be a big-time player for the Huskies very quickly once he steps on campus next summer.