January 22, 2009

Muhammad To Make Early Impact

St Josephs, Missouri defensive back Ghaali Muhammad looks to be a potential steal for Wyoming when he committed almost two weeks ago. Dave Christensen and recruiting coordinator Matt Rahl began evaluating the 6 foot and 210 athlete while at Missouri and liked him enough to continue pursuing when they arrived in Laramie. Muhammad will bring the UW football program a first class athlete who could play a number of positions.

"I played corner my junior season and began doing running back my senior year and did well. I think I'll get a shot on offense first perhaps running back or maybe wide receiver, and then there is always the defensive side of the ball too," Muhammad told GoWyoGo. "I run the forty in about 4.40 and my vertical is 36 inches and I'm a player that tries to make everybody around me better. I'd say I'm a leader who can play different positions."

Muhammad is an intriquing prospect because of his athleticism and he already physically looks like a D1 college football player. He's an incoming freshmen who could see the field early in his career.

"I'm focusing on contributing as a true-freshmen and trying to make an immediate impact," Muhammad continued. "Wyoming sees me as a best kept secret out there."

The versatile commitment received early interest from Missouri and visited Columbia last week to check out the Missou campus, and to get a feel where he stood with the Tigers. They were the first school to recruit Muhammad and he was lost in the numbers game while working on receiving a qualifying score on his test - which he passed in October.

"I visited last week and they had already filled their scholarships for defensive backs," he said. "Getting a qualifying score on my test put me behind my recruitment a bit."

Muhammad visited Laramie the previous week and his first visit ever to the state of Wyoming which included snowmobiling, checking out the campus and meeting the new coaching staff.

"I flew into Denver and drove into Laramie and it was something. It was a little town but seemed like there was a lot to do," Muhammad said. "We visited the town and there wasn't a single store that didn't have something up with a Wyoming Cowboys sign."

"The facilities were nice, I enjoyed the coaches and there door is always going to be open to the players. The academic support system is really good where they'll have a room with computers, internet and a tutoring staff there if your having trouble with a class."

Muhammad hasn't made a decision on a major but is leading toward sports management where he has family ties in the professional ranks. Both his cousins Martin and Mike Rucker played in the NFL and were Big 12 stars at Missouri and Nebraska respectively. Martin plays for the Browns and Mike was a 10 year veteran in the pro's.

The Cowboys will project Ghaali as an athlete with an option to play him as a cornerback or perhaps on offense. He was recruited mainly by Matt Rahl and the coach he called when he made his commitment to Wyoming.

"I see us competing for a championships (in the future) and that's always the goal," he said.

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