Ahmed rushed for 1,800 yards and 29 touchdowns as a junior, helping the Rebels advance to its first Class 3A state quarterfinal since 1989.
Juanita star Salvon Ahmed is prepared to announce Friday which college football scholarship he’ll accept. The ceremony begins at 5 p.m. at the school’s athletic field.
Ahmed, the 2015 KingCo 3A/2A Offensive Player of the Year, narrowed the list of schools he’s considering to Washington, Oregon, Stanford, USC, and Notre Dame. He’s close friends with Washington commits Hunter Bryant (Eastside Catholic) and Connor Wedington (Sumner High), the former admitting he’s tried to persuade Ahmed to join the Huskies, too.
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“How I picked my top five was, those were the schools that, when I talk to them, we don’t even really talk about football,” Ahmed said. “We talk a lot about school and my interests in school and family. A lot of them remember my family member’s names, so it’s a lot of personal stuff. And I look at it like, ‘Am I going to be happy at this school if I don’t have football?’ God forbid I get hurt, but am I going to be happy there?”
Ahmed said talks with his family and Juanita coach Lele Te’o helped navigate a recruiting process that filled three laundry baskets with letters and offers. A 5-foot-11 two-way player, Ahmed received offers from all of the Pac-12 programs.
The Rebels are 1-2 to start the season. The team has a bye this week and plays at Bellevue (0-1) on Sept. 30.