Nike held their Dallas regional try-outs for “The Opening” last weekend and Oklahoma State commit Jabbar Muhammad was named MVP of the defensive backs at the camp.
Muhammad is a rising senior at Dallas powerhouse Desoto. Currently ranked as a three star on the 247sports composite rankings, Muhammad won DB MVP over four star defensive backs Ryan Watts — who was at junior day in Stillwater beforehand — , Jahari Rogers, and Latrell McCutchin.
Nike hosts regional camps all around the United States for The Opening. Most players go to get their Sparq rating (tests athleticism) and to get recruited. The best players in each region come out to these camps, so it is a great opportunity for high school recruits to compete and get noticed by colleges. Most of the players attending won’t receive an invitation to The Opening. Only OU commit Jase McClellan and Texas commit Logan Parr got invites.
In his junior season, Muhammad recorded 32 tackles and five interceptions for Desoto. He impressed at The Opening against a great group of quarterbacks including four stars Hudson Card (Texas commit), Haynes King, and Ja’Quinden Jackson. All three played in Texas state championship games in the last two years. Card almost overcame an early 14-0 deficit against Allen in 2017. King led Longview to a 35-34 win over Beaumont West Brook last December, and Jackson lost a heartbreaker to North Shore just a few months ago.
As of right now, Muhammad’s offer list isn’t very deep, though he could see his recruitment pick up after a great performance at The Opening: Dallas. When talking to Robert Allen of GoPokes.com, Muhammad said it doesn’t matter though, as he is 100 percent committed to Oklahoma State.
“100 percent strong, still 100 percent strong,” Muhammad said. “I talk to Coach Duffie all the time, yes sir. I’ll probably head up there spring game.”
For now, Muhammad will go back to focusing on track and getting stronger and faster. He has one more full season left at Desoto before heading up to Stillwater, and he will be looking to lead the Eagles to a deeper playoff run than their first round exit last season.