Catching Up with Alquadin Muhammad

By Alex on January 27, 2012 at 5:18p
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Quan Muhammad about to unleash the furyQuan Muhammad just picked up an offer from OSU

Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, New Jersey (no relation to this guy), has been a national powerhouse in football for as long as I can remember. Growing up as a kid, I used to hear about the great players that went there, such as Ryan Grant, Matt Simms, Mike Teel, Brian Toal, Justin Trattou, and Corey Wootton, among others.

As good as some of those teams from the 90's and early 2000's were, and as talented as those players I just mentioned still are, the 2011 Don Bosco team may be the best there ever was. The reigning high school national champions feature an all-star cast of athletes, including seniors in the infamous Yuri Wright who just committed to Colorado, Elijah Shumate who is headed to Notre Dame, and maybe the best, Darius Hamilton, who appeared headed to Rutgers, but now with Greg Schiano's departure, Florida, Cal, and Miami (FL) are back in the mix.

The seniors that lead that Bosco team to a national championship were special, but it is a junior that may be the most talented player on the roster. That player is the one of the nation's top rated defensive end prospects in the class of 2013, Alquadin "Quan" Muhammad

Standing at 6-4/230, Muhammad already has the size to play at the next level. He hopes to put on more weight and be a force at defensive end in college, but also says he likes being able to drop back and play some outside linebacker too with his athleticism. This tackle machine will most likely be playing in next year's US Army All-American Bowl, and will have many eyes on him from the start of his senior season.

We got the chance to sit down with Quan to discuss how his junior season went, how his recruitment is going so far, what his timetable for a decision is and much more. Join us after the jump to learn more about 2013 star, Quan Muhammad.

How did your junior season go? How did your team do and how did you perform individually?

My team did excellent. We not only won a state championship, but a national championship as well. It was wonderful to be a part of that. As for me, I think I had a really good season. I lead my team in sacks and I was proud of that.

How is recruiting going? What offers do you have?

Recruiting is going good. I have offers from Ohio State, Boston College, Colorado, Rutgers, South Carolina, Alabama, Virginia Tech, Miami (FL), and Florida.

Do you have any leaders out of that group right now?

No, everyone is pretty even at this point. It's still early for me, as I'm not focused on recruiting just yet and am really just working hard to get better and ready for next season.

Ohio State just offered. How did that go down?

A couple of the coaches came out to my school and met with my coaches and told them that I had the offer. I got a chance to see Luke Fickell and he told me they wanted me to come play for Ohio State.

Are you planning to visit Ohio State or anywhere else in the near future?

Honestly, I'm not sure where I'm going to visit yet. I have to figure all of that out, but haven't really thought about it too much yet. I'm just trying to work on my game and let the recruiting stuff work itself out.

What is your plan or timetable on when you will announce a decision?

It won't be for a while. I am going to go through the whole process of seeing who offers me, taking my visits, and most importantly, playing my senior season. Things can happen and change from now until I have to make a decision as you saw this year so I want to take my time and make the right decision. I'm thinking right now I may wait to announce at the US Army Game.

What are your strengths? What are some things you want to work on?

I would say my biggest strengths are my speed, get-off, and ability to rush the passer. I really want to work on stopping the run and getting stronger to do so. I can do well at stopping the run at the high school level, but I know in college I am going to need to be a lot stronger than I am now to be a good rush stopper.

What are your goals for your senior season?

Individually, I want to dominate games. That shouldn't be that hard, as at Don Bosco our practices are as hard as our games. I expect to be prepared to dominate every game after going through practice in camp and each week. As a team, I want to repeat as state and national champions. Of course, that would be a great accomplishment.

There wasn't a highlight reel out for Quan just yet, but check out the first 25 seconds of this clip for some impressive plays

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Baroclinicity's picture

Alex:  must... take... day... off...

Seriously, thanks as always!

johnblairgobucks's picture

he can't take a day off until Friday, Feb. 3 

We need serious recruiting information up until NLOI Day.

We need serious NLOI Day coverage.

We also require the day after NLOI Day follow up coverage.

 

Eleven Warriors is truly a fantastic internet destination.  Go Bucks!

Mush's picture

Alex,

Do you drink alot of Starbucks or something a little stronger? I recommend for all the 11W writers extra work on recruiting, the readers should donate $1 for every recruit to Respect the Basement.

 

Jason Priestas's picture

I (obviously) love that idea. Hasbro floated something similar a little over a week ago.

Mush's picture

My apologies Hasbro for stealing your idea, but most Bucks think alike

Alex's picture

Thanks guys and those donations would be appreciated...Jeremy and I try to bring you the goods but imagine what a beat writer whose responsibilities would include recruiting could bring to the table! #triplewhammy

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Who has gotten less sleep in the last month and a half, Meyer, Fickell, or Alex? lol

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Osu Lippert7's picture

Honestly, How do you do it?

Buckeyeholicwompa's picture

Fick, Vrabel, and Zach Smith flew out to Baltimore this morning and back today. Any idea on who they were recruiting?? I wasn't the one who checked them in so that's all I know.

bucknut24's picture

Alex you are the best at what you do.

Thank you

 

Colin's picture

Honest question, Alex do you really think a beat writer would be able to do a better job than what you are doing right now? If anything, I would think someone who has to focus on everything OSU wouldn't be able to put so much time into one aspect like recruiting.

Alex's picture

I think a beat writer could compliment recruiting which would benefit you all the most! Recruiting would be a small part of their job but they can get interviews, attend OSU camps like FNL and press conferences for commitments. Between Jeremy, a beat writer, and myself I think you all win in recruiting

Colin's picture

I guess it makes sense that just having the additional writer who would help in recruiting as well is always a positive. I was probably thinking of it like he would take over.

Alex's picture

Oh no I love covering this stuff for you all

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

I think a few more recruiting stories, and you'll have your own Homage t-shirt soon!!  I'll shoot them an email for ya.

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

Colin's picture

Well we all really appreciate your work and it's nice knowing you enjoy doing it as well.

LVbucksNV's picture

Alex,  you are outstanding as Director of Recruiting for 11W and all should recognize this is a ton of work outside of your real job. Genestarwind, you have a great interest in recruiting and do alot of research and tracking. Might I throw this out, because someone could be a great help to you Alex,  GSW could be candidate for an assist. to you and Jeremy. (chime in 11 dub faithful)

As to our RB plan, love Derrick Green and Hyde, Smith because power and speed combo is great for Urb's offense. Remember, he had the Ohioan from Cincinnati H.S.( forgot his name) on his best Florida team and the guy was like 6'0" and 220 and ran maybe 4.55. (please correct/confirm, you guys know who I'm talking about?)

I'm waiting on a sizable deal to close here in LV with my biz. My only input on the site to this point is with the Buckeye watch info on site link for here in Vegas. I intend to be able to donate something substantial and hope others will do what they can to effectively sponser fulltime beatwriter and get stipend or something for the rest because I love what this site is all about Boyz. Hit me up anytime you're out here, I have a substantial network.

LVbucksNV

Jason Priestas's picture

Appreciate it, LV. I know Chris is heading to Vegas for the opening weekend of March Madness, so maybe you guys can grab a drink or something.

LVbucksNV's picture

Jason, like I said you are pulling yeoman duty on this site and I'VE been thru all Buckeye sites since internet was. You guys and Chris hit me up, you all/admins/Ramzy's of 11w can email me from site and if not , let me know and I'll bro you guys with all hookups in town twhateverhat I have, rooms, club access, whatever, my pleasure you guys.

LVbucksNV

Alex's picture

Thanks LV and the RB you're talking about is Deshawn Wynn from Reading HS....played with Tony Pike in HS!

Kalamazoo Steve's picture

If I win the Mega Millions tonight, you have your beat writer. And as a bonus, Skip Bayless will come up missing. May also look into having 5 hookers kill Craig James. Keep your fingers crossed.

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

wait, I thought Craig James killed 5 hookers while at SMU.

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

buckeyedude's picture

Why are we going after this kid? He may be a great athlete, but I thought we just landed a couple of pretty good DEs? Just my opinion, and of course, and I'm just a fan, but geez, wouldn't Meyer & Co's efforts be better spent going after Diggs or Neal? I believe we need a playmaker that can catch the ball(Ginn) more than anything on defense.

 
 

Buckeye06's picture

Kid is for 2013; and I don't understand the fanatical nature that everyone has with Neal and Diggs.  Both great players but there are 10 of them every single year in the country.

Everyone should know by now that the front 7 of a D wins national titles, or a freak QB (which we may have both in the next couple of years)

Alex's picture

There are 10 Neal's every year....maybe 1-2 Diggs'

Buckeye06's picture

Fair enough maybe, but it seems like Marshall is one of them in the 2013 class.

I mean I'd love to have Diggs and Neal too, but I think the more important pickups were Spence, Washington, Decker, and dodson (if we end up with him)

zbd's picture

The Don Bosco team is everything advertised and more. Hope OSU gets Quan. I live in New Jersey and went to a game this year. Don Bosco was leading 49-0 at the half. They could have scored 100 easily but New Jersey has a mercy rule. After one team is up by 35 points, the clock never stops.  Not even for incompletions, runs out of bounds or time outs.   P.S. The St. Anthony, NJ basketball team was national champs last year. I saw last week's game. The first quarter score was 24-0.  That's right zero points in a quarter.  I've never seen that in girls, middle school, or anywhere before.