The University of Miami got some help on their defensive line when defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad committed to the Canes during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Muhammad is the 12th commit in the 2013 class and gives the Canes five players ranked with four stars by Rivals.com.
Muhammad is a 6'4" 230 lb defensive end from Don Bosco (NJ) Prep. He is the Canes' second defensive end commit in the 2013 class along with Alex Figueroa. He chose Miami over offers from Alabama and Notre Dame.
"I think it is the best fit for me," Muhammad said. "I want to go to a program that is going to develop me into a young man, and I think that is the program that will do it."
Muhammad was impressed with the quality of all the participants in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He said that none of them stood out over the others.
"They all were pretty good, so I cannot pick just one."
Even though he is from New Jersey, Muhammad said he patterns his game after a Dallas Cowboys defensive end.
"I try to play like Demarcus Ware," Muhammad said.
The Hurricanes recruited Muhammad to play defensive end. They are currently stacked with underclassmen at defensive end on their depth chart. Miami fans should expect Muhammad to redshirt so he can add some weight.
From a recruiting momentum perspective, Muhammad is a huge get for the Canes. With so much uncertainty surrounding the future of the program with NCAA sanctions likely to hit in the future, it says a lot about the ability of head coach Al Golden to sell the program.
When you convince a national recruit that Miami is the place to be, you are doing a good job of selling the future of the program. Miami has a young team under Golden and the future looks bright with quality talent being added to the program like Muhammad.