January 21, 2009
Did Muhammed commit?
Plymouth (PA) Wyoming Valley athlete Ali Muhammed has been a bit of an unknown during this recruiting process, but that has changed. Now the Pennsylvania product has a handful of offer and just made a trip to Syracuse. CuseConfidential.com caught up with Muhammed to see what he thinks about the Orange.
"They called me about two weeks ago and offered. Dan Conley the linebackers coach is recruiting me," Muhammed said. "I was excited [when Syracuse offered] I mean it was awesome. I was just happy."
Muhammed, 6-foot-2, 190 pounds was hosted by Chad Battles on his trip this weekend and besides Battles a couple other players made an impression on the prospect.
"Chad is a good guy. Chad showed me around, Donte Davis showed me around, and Dorian Graham showed me around. I had a good time with them and Shamarko Thomas. We had a good time together because we were basically hanging out with each other the whole time."
Besides the players who hosted him how did he feel about the whole trip?
"It was great. I hung out with the players and they showed me a good time. I met the coaching staff and everything, they are great coaches."
Even though he had a great trip he could not think of one moment that was his favorite.
"I don't know [what the favorite part was] I can't pick just one thing out."
While he was taking the weekend in at Syracuse the two star prospect had a chance to visit the "Dome" and he was really impressed.
"I went to the Notre Dame basketball game. It was a great atmosphere and a lot of excitement."
After an action packed weekend where do the Orange stand on the list for the Keystone State product?
"Syracuse is my leader. I like the program. I have always wanted to go there since my junior year. I visited the campus during my junior year and I liked it. I told my coach that I want to play football there."
Rivals.com lists Muhammed as an athlete, so what position will he play if he picks Syracuse? When he was first being recruited it was for linebacker, now things however have changed after his visit.
"Well when he first started recruiting me he was projecting me at outside linebacker, but when I went up for my visit he looked at me and said that I could be a great defensive back for them."
Right now Muhammed likes Syracuse, but he is not the only person in his family that want him to wear Orange and a former member of the Orange gave him some kind words about the Orange.
"My step dad's first cousin Marvin Harrison played at Syracuse, so my mom and cousin want me to go there. I met Marvin Harrison my junior year and my cousin told him that I wanted to go there. He pulled over in his car and just looked at me and gave me the peace sign and said make the best of it."
A decision has not been made yet by Muhammed, but the Orange seem to be sitting in the drivers seat for his signature on signing day.
"More than likely I am going to make that commitment to Syracuse."
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