Khalfani Muhammad could only stay at the Arizona State-UCLA game for the first quarter this past weekend because he had to attend homecoming at Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame but the junior running back was happy to go even for that short time.
Muhammad, a 5-foot-7, 160-pound all-purpose back who already has verbal offers from UCLA and Washington, missed the exciting finish but said he was happy to hear the Bruins win.
"I stayed for the first quarter and checked it out a little bit," Muhammad said. "I wanted to see how things were going and just go to another game.
"This was my third game and I really like the atmosphere and I really like how they're fighting back from adversity and trying to get to the conference championship."
Things are looking up for the Bruins these days and talk about coach Rick Neuheisel being fired after this season has slowed down - and Muhammad is happy to hear it. The Notre Dame running back said he likes UCLA's coach personally and hopes the best for him moving forward.
Since UCLA has already offered Muhammad that could mean a lot as his recruitment heats up going into his senior season.
"I really like Neuheisel as a person," Muhammad said. "I wish the best for him and I'm really happy for him. Every opportunity they get for a win I'm rooting for them so we just have to wait to see what happens.
"Everything else is really the same. There are more than 30 schools showing interest in me so that's a really good feeling."
Muhammad, who lists interest from Alabama, Arizona, Cal, Duke, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, San Diego State, Texas A&M, USC, Utah State and others, has about 1,100 rushing yards through nine games this season.
Last season didn't go as well for Muhammad or Sherman Oaks Notre Dame but the junior said it was a learning experience and that he's much better this year because of those struggles. Muhammad started as a sophomore, got some lumps, but said he's a much better player because of it.
"I see how things worked and now I'm coming together with my team and getting after it and doing the things we're capable of doing," Muhammad said. "We've fought through adversity and really have showed what we're all about."