September 13, 2012

Another Muhammad coming to Wyoming

It wasn't the way it may have been scripted but the Malkaam Muhammad is going to be a Wyoming Cowboy. The 6-foot, 225-pound outside linebacker said on Thursday that he offered his commitment to the Wyoming football team as part of the Recruiting Class of 2013.

"I just got out of class and I got a call from (Wyoming Assistant) Coach (Jason) Ray," Muhammad said. "He told me (Wyoming Head Coach Dave) Christensen wanted to speak with me. Coach Christensen started talking and said he would like to offer me and then he asked me if I would like to be a Cowboy and I accepted. From there I started talking to the linebackers coach and more coaches got on the phone."

Muhammad is the seventh known member of the Recruiting Class of 2013, but he had planned on being part of the Class of 2011. The St. Joseph, Missouri native originally committed to the Wyoming Cowboys out of high school with hopes of playing with his brother, Wyoming linebacker Ghaali Muhammad. However, Malkaam said he was a late qualifier and instead took the Junior College route, spending the last two seasons at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs.

"I qualified late and by the time I got qualified it was too late for that season," Muhammad said. "It was past Signing Day, so I figured they would offer someone else and I went to JUCO. When you think of JUCO as an athlete it is a bad route go go, but I took my time, stayed focused. I worked really hard to get where I wanted to be. I took my time and it paid off."

Last year he accounted for 38 tackles, 3.5 for loss and one sack as the Reivers went 9-2. This season he is redshirting as he heels from separated ribs suffered during two-a-day practices. He said Wyoming is excited to get him for three years and sees him as an outside linebacker with what Coach Christensen told Muhammad are familiar moves.

"When Coach called me, I told him about the redshirt situation and he said he would rather have me for the three years anyway," Muhammad said. "He said he liked the way I moved, he said I move like my brother and he is ready to have me in there."

Wyoming was one of two schools to offer Muhammad during his second round of recruiting this fall - the other being Western Kentucky. Muhammad said Nevada was also showing interest. Out of high school Muhammad said he had a number of Division II offers as well as Colorado State, Wyoming and interest from Colorado.

Muhammad said he plans to be in Laramie this Jan. and participate in spring football practice. The future Cowboy said he will likely change his major from general studies to Sports Medicine in Laramie and spending time with his brother.

"(Ghaali) just gave me a lot of advice," Malkaam said. "He said stay humble. Just because I got the offer, don't think you don't have to work anymore. He was pretty excited for me.

"It was pretty important for me to get there for spring practice," the younger Muhammad said. "I just want to get in and prove myself. Since I took the long road, I am just ready to get to that next level and prove myself."

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