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FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Mustafa Abdur-Rahman's Playmaking A Key Factor In Dakota's State Title Run

   | Branden Hunter

FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Mustafa Abdur-Rahman's Playmaking A Key Factor In Dakota's State Title Run

Macomb - Senior wide receiver and defensive back Mustafa Abdur-Rahman is one of the best two-way players in Macomb County. Whether it's playing on defense, offense, or special teams, No.1 is a threat anytime he is on the field.

Through eleven games this season at Macomb (Mich.) Dakota, Abdur-Rahman has recorded ten tackles, to go along with three interceptions, three receiving touchdowns, three punt returns for touchdowns and has blocked two field goal attempts.

Abdur-Rahman's biggest play of the season came against Warren (Mich.) De La Salle in the first round of the state playoffs, when he miraculously intercepted a pass in the final minutes, sealing the 19-14 win for the Cougars.

"I was in man-to-man, and I had my man locked up," Abdur-Rahman said. The only thing my coach told me to do was to read my key and I would be in the right position to make a play."

"We went over it in practice and I sat down on the route, and seen the ball in his hands and I just took it from him."

Dakota remains undefeated on the season with an 11-0 record, and has it's biggest test of the season coming up against also undefeated Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech. The two schools met up three years ago in the regional final, which Cass Tech won 32-19. The winner of this game could possibly win it all in Division 1.

"It would be huge to win another state title for the school and the community," said Abdur-Rahman. "It would make the people who built the program proud." "We just have to be focused and play confident against them. At this point it's just another football game we need to win to get where we want to be."

Despite his playmaker abilities, not many schools have been recruiting the 6-0, 160-pounder. Grand Valley State University is the the lone school showing interest in Abdur-Rahman, and he has had frequent contact with the Lakers.

"No one really has been recruiting me now, but the defensive backs coach at Grand Valley keeps in touch with me," he said. "I went on a visit there not too long ago, but they haven't mentioned anything about an offer yet."

"I have set big goals for myself, so I would like to hear something from Michigan, Central Michigan, Ball State, or Michigan State."

Abdur-Rahman says he will continue to remain patient for a football scholarship, but insists that not having one does not effect the ways he plays or acts on the field. He understands that there are other avenues to playing football in college, and plans to explore them if he has to.

"I'm just waiting it out until my time comes, because I dream to play on the next level" Abdur-Rahman said. "I will still go to college to get my education, but I would walk-on to any college and just show that I am more than capable of playing."

He also plans to attend some unsigned senior camps this winter, but is focusing on school right now, and winning a Division 1 state title in two weeks at Ford Field.