Washington DC 4-star running back Mychale Salahuddin is rated as one of the top senior running backs in the entire country. 247 Sports rates him as the #4 all-purpose back and one of the Top 200 players in the country.
Salahuddin (5-foot-10, 195 pounds) had been committed to USC but on December 17, he backed off and opened up his recruitment. Thanks to that decision, the Pitt Panthers are in the running for him.
This afternoon, PSN spoke to Salahuddin to get an update on his recruitment and to talk to him about Pitt. We even got some breaking news as he released to us his top four teams.
“After de-committing from USC, I needed to take a step back and get a new perspective on everything. This decision is a very important one to me, my family, my school,” said Salahuddin.
“I’ve narrowed things down to four schools, Southern California at the top, Pitt of course and a couple of changes. Syracuse is now on my radar and the North Carolina Tar Heels.”
“I have two more visits left and I’ll be taking officials on the 19th to Syracuse and then the last weekend of January I’ll be visiting Pittsburgh.”
This is obviously big news for Pat Narduzzi and Pitt so I asked Salahuddin, what was it about Pitt that got them into his list of final schools?
“Being from Washington, DC, Coach A Powell is the guy. He’s someone I can really connect with. He’s a real dude and someone that’s really recognizable from where I’m from in DC. He definitely sparks my attention, plus the overall love the program shows me. Coach Narduzzi is definitely a guy that I can talk to. Really, the entire staff are guys that are very understanding, you can reach out to those guys and just have general conversations about football and life.”
“Plus, my man J Twyman, he’s up there at Pittsburgh right now. He’s from the same high school that I’m from, same city, same Woodson HD school. So that would definitely be a pipeline that we can start if I decide to choose Pittsburgh,” said Salahuddin.
Finally, I asked Salahuddin when it’s time to make his decision on a school, is there going to be one factor that he’ll be weighing most importantly?
“Definitely, life after football is a major, major factor in my decision. Football is going to take care of itself. I work hard enough and believe in God enough that I believe I can make anything happen on the field. Life after football is very important to me. Just going to a school and being able to get academic and life resources other than football so that if football doesn’t work out for me, I can still be straight and be able to provide for my family. I want to be able to prosper just as much off the football field.”
— Mychale Salahuddin (@DeRealHoudini) August 10, 2017