Now that his final high school season has come to a close, star defensive end Alquadin Muhammad is finally ready to begin his official visits, and MSU has made his list. He recently joined Hondo S. Carpenter, Sr. on Spartan Nation Radio and discussed it.
While his strong play is obvious, it is the intangibles qualities that make this top prospect truly special.
“It definitely comes from my family,” he says when asked about his focus on doing well in the classroom.
“It also comes from me thinking, ‘what about after football?’ What if I get hurt or anything like that? You can go a long way with education, with a degree. That comes first. It’s definitely ‘student-athlete,’ and that’s what I’m about.”
He says his parents have stressed the importance of strong character for as long as he can remember.
“They always stress school, school, work, work, grades, which is awesome. I never took anything as bad criticism – always took it as constructive criticism and worked hard.”
He also understands the importance of a having a strong support system, which he feels has developed partially due to the importance he places on being a “good guy”.
“When you have a good character, teachers and all of them will give you good insight on what you need to know about school and colleges and how to go about things. Everyone who has played a big role in my life has stressed school, so I know without school there’s nothing.”
This focus and maturity are what have earned the high school senior out of Ramsey, New Jersey, scholarship offers from a long list of major college programs.
Muhammad said MSU defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi’s recent visit to his high school was “great” and that he thinks he may fit well in the Spartan defense.
Muhammad also says he looks forward to what the next few years will bring regardless of where he decides to continue his academic and athletic career.
“As a young man that worked hard and has been through many ups and downs, I’m excited. Proud of myself, proud of my family, proud of everything that’s around me that’s had a big influence in my life. (I am also thankful for) all the little kids who want to be like me when they get older. I’m their role model, so I try to set good examples by being a model student and a model person all the way around.”