star RB Mychale Salahuddin follow Abdul Adams in D
Woodson High School after playing his first three seasons at nearby Woodrow Wilson High School. The four star prospect was already putting together an offer sheet that would ultimately include Alabama, Michigan and Notre Dame, among others, as he went through team workouts and 7 on 7 competitions for those six or so months.
Alongside him? Mychale Salahuddin, then a rising sophomore, who is now a four star himself with top tier offers. He’s also the Orange’s top running back target. Woodson High School assistant coach Wayne Johnson said.
“Man, who do we take?” Johnson recalls coaches asking.
“If you take one, you have to take both,” he’d jokingly respond. But two and a half years later,
Adams and Salahuddin could end up at the same school again.
Adams transferred from Oklahoma to Syracuse this spring after a frustrating sophomore season in which he lost the starting job despite having limited opportunities. Salahuddin listed SU in his Top 4 three weeks ago came away from his official visit to Syracuse last weekend impressed.
“I had a great time,” the older Johnson recalls Salahuddin saying. “I was expecting it to be good, but not that good.”
Salahuddin was hosted by another former four star in Tommy DeVito, who is viewed as the quarterback of the future for head coach Dino Babers. His parents joined him on the visit and shared their son’s positive experience, Johnson said.
However, Salahuddin still plans on visiting Pittsburgh next weekend before making a final choice during the week of National Signing Day.
“He’s going to end up choosing and I see Syracuse is right up there,” Johnson said.
Johnson said he previously assured Syracuse staff members that the two would have no issue playing together again. In fact, Adams’ decision to attend SU provides Salahuddin with another familiar face should he choose the Orange. Woodson products and Orange signees Juan Wallace and Edward Hendrix. circle in Central New York this year.
Hendrix, Johnson said,
has been particularly vocal in recruiting his friends and former teammates. He’s been in Salahuddin’s ear as often as possible.
Expect the Orange coaching staff led by primary recruiter tight ends coach Reno Ferri to do the same with only two weeks left until Salahuddin plans to sign a national letter of intent.