Washington head football coach Chris Petersen continues to hit it out of the park when it comes to recruiting in-state talent and he was at it again on Friday night. That’s when class of 2017 four-star athlete/running back Salvon Ahmed offered up a verbal pledge to play for the Huskies.
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Peterson already has in-state commitments from four-star tight end Hunter Bryant, three-star tight end Cade Otton and three-star athlete/running back Connor Wedington.
But Ahmed is in a category all by himself, as some view him as the best athlete in the class, as he possesses draw-dropping speed and athleticism.
Ahmed can play both offense and defense and Washington was willing to let him play both sides. More from Scott Eklund of DawgMan.com:
“They said they can see me almost anywhere — receiver, running back, defensive back — so they just said they want to get me into the program and then they’d figure out different ways to use me,” Ahmed noted. “Honestly, I really don’t care where I play, I just want to play, so I like it that they can see me in different roles.”
Ahmed, a 6’0”, 185-pound athlete/running back from Kirkland, Washington (Juanita High School) is rated as a four-star recruit according to 247Sports. The site ranks him as the No. 98 overall prospect in the 2017 class and the second-best athlete in the country. 247Sports also regards Ahmed as the second-best football player in the state of Washington.
He chose the Huskies after whittling his list down to Notre Dame, Oregon, Stanford, USC and Washington. Ahmed also had offers from Arizona, California, Arizona State, Mississippi State, Oregon State, Utah and Washington State.
Ahmed is the 13th commitment of Petersen’s strong 2017 recruiting class. It is a class that 247Sports currently ranks as the 21st-best recruiting class in the country and third-best among Pac-12 teams.