Khalfani Muhammad has heard about the ongoing revitalization of the UCLA program and he saw it first-hand Saturday night as the Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame running back watched the Bruins dismantle Houston at the Rose Bowl.
UCLA has already offered the 5-foot-8, 174-pound four-star prospect so Muhammad has kept a close eye on how things are going with the new coaching staff.
"It was pretty good down there," Muhammad said. "I like the changes at UCLA. It's a big improvement and it's looking pretty good right now. They're undefeated and they could have an excellent season. I'm happy for them.
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"The pace of the game is different. They seem more enthusiastic, more physical and there are some other changes I see on the field and ones that I like."
Muhammad is looking at some upcoming official visits with Notre Dame next weekend and then Washington on Oct. 13.
Those two programs are under serious consideration but Muhammad said he is taking the recruiting process slowly and has decided not to name any frontrunners at this point.
In total, the four-star lists offers from Arkansas, Cal, Cincinnati, Duke, Houston, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Purdue, San Diego State, UCLA, Utah and Washington.
"I just want to take visits to those two schools," Muhammad said. "I don't have any top schools right now."
Both trips are of particular interest to Muhammad, a track star who finished with 1,126 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns in his junior season.
A commitment is not expected anytime soon but these upcoming visits could he helpful as Muhammad reviews all his options.
"Notre dame is an excellent school," Muhammad said. "I've heard a lot of good things about it especially going to Notre Dame, too. I've heard a lot of good things so I want to go out there and experience it for myself. I know they have great tradition and I understand it's crazy out there. I want to go out there and see it for myself.
"I like Washington a lot. I love the coaching staff. They're really cool and I connect well with them. I took an unofficial visit there already but I want to go there during game day and see how it feels."