The Miami Hurricanes have landed 4-star defensive end Alquadin Muhammad out of Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, New Jersey.
Brandon Huffman of Scout.com confirmed the news:
Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) defensive lineman Alquadin Muhammad commits to Miami...— Brandon Huffman (@BrandonHuffman) January 5, 2013
At 6'4", 230 pounds with 4.65 speed in the 40-yard dash, Muhammad brings a lot of potential to the table as a pass-rusher who can not only utilize his speed to blow by tackles, but also be a threat to knock passes down at the line of scrimmage.
His talents will be on display in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, where all the elite athletes square off and many make their college decisions. The game will take place on January 5.
It remains to be seen how much of an impact Muhammad can make as a true freshman, but his stock is rising as of late.
Don Bosco Prep overcame an early-season loss to beat a national powerhouse in the St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. As columnist Darren Cooper of The Record reported, Muhammad was determined to take on a leadership role in the marquee matchup:
I took it serious, and I made the guys on my team take it serious. I told the guys if we want to win a championship, we have to get some turnovers on defense, we have to block some punts.
Even against a slew of future college stars, Muhammad made sure his team was not discouraged, despite early adversity. It resulted in a 20-10 triumph on national television, with Muhammad hounding Raiders QB John O'Korn, who has committed to the University of Houston (h/t 247Sports.com).
Miami will be getting a speedy, athletic pass-rusher in Muhammad who could come in on third downs and in certain situations at the very least to make an immediate impression at the collegiate level.