El Camino tackling-machine shows patience

This past season, one of top middle linebackers in the California JUCO ranks was El Camino's Bilal Muhammad (5-11, 235), but that hasn't translated into a lot of recruiting attention. The sure-tackler isn't frustrated yet and he said he's hoping more schools will give him a look as we get closer to Signing Day on February 3rd...

After a standout prep career at Corona Cenntenial, Bilal signed with Sacramento State, but things never panned out.

"I was a full-qualifier, but things just didn't work out up at Sac State," Muhammad admitted to JCFootball.com recently. "I started talking to some people and they said that I needed to go to a JC in order to go D-1 and that was my goal so I came here to Elco and I think it was a good move for me."

After his redshirt season in 2007 and playing five games at Sac State in 2008, Muhammad showed his stuff this fall by earning the starting spot with the Warriors in week four and leading them with 90 tackles.

"When I got here, they already had guys established so I had to work my way in," Muhammad said. "I feel like I'm better at stopping the run, but I got a lot better at dropping back into coverage and making plays in space too.

"I use my hands well and I have good recognition skills so I can anticipate and make plays."

Recruiting hasn't really even gotten started yet for Muhammad, but he's hopeful teams get a look at him and what he has to offer over the next few weeks or even after spring football and give him a chance.

"I'm just being patient and waiting some things out," Muhammad said. "Me and my coaches are working on some things, but if a school started recruiting me, I'd definitely give them a look at see what they have to offer."

Bilal already has his AA degree and he'll have two years to play two wherever he ends up.

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