The two-way standout picked the Huskies over Notre Dame, Stanford and Oregon.

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KIRKLAND – Juanita two-way player Salvon Ahmed announced Friday he accepted a scholarship offer to play at the University of Washington next fall.

Ahmed held a ceremony on his school’s athletic field, where about 100 members of the Kirkland community, family and the Rebels football team attended. Baseball caps with the logo of Ahmed’s top five choices were lined up on a table. After a brief speech, Ahmed reached for the Notre Dame hat but grabbed the UW cap to cheers of those gathered.

“Going to Notre Dame helped me solidify my decision,” said Ahmed of his official visit last weekend. “When they say you have that feeling, I had it and I knew I wanted to stay here (Washington). Home is where I wanted to be and home is where we’re going to win a national championship.”

Oregon, Stanford and USC were the other schools considered.

Ahmed, the 2015 KingCo 3A/2A Offensive Player of the Year, said long conversations with Juanita coach Lele T’eo also helped navigate the recruiting process. At Washington, the running back will join close friends Hunter Bryant (Eastside Catholic) and Connor Wedington (Sumner High).

“I can’t wait to get on the same field as them,” Ahmed said. “It’s a lot of relief to have made this decision. I’m happy.”

Ahmed, a 5-foot-11 senior, expects to rejoin his Juanita football team for its matchup at Bellevue (0-1) next Friday. He broke his finger after the first game of the season, missing the past two.

Juanita is 1-2 to begin the season.