For the first time since 1989, the Juanita Rebels made it to the state quarterfinals last year.
One of the keys to their success, running back Salvon Ahmed, is back and hopes to lead the Rebels into the playoffs for a second straight season. Ahmed is one of the state’s top recruits, and was named the KingCo 3A Offensive Player of the Year last season.
Juanita’s head coach Le’le Teo had nothing but praises for Ahmed’s leadership and athletic ability.
"Great speed, great vision, got a lot stronger this off-season, ready to run through people, very committed to getting better, and very committed to this team and this community,” Teo said. “Very big community guy, and his family is incredible, which helps us be who we are, because he is not a diva by any means. He gets out there and works and is a great example for this entire team."
No question it is all about the team for Ahmed. In fact he actually requested that his entire offensive line join us for our interview.
"I love these guys right here behind me,” Ahmed said of the O-line. “I know without them, none of my runs would even be possible."
And Ahmed has quite made a few runs. The 4-star recruit rushed for 1,800 yards and 29 touchdowns last season. He ran a 4.32 in the 40 yard dash. He's fast, strong, and is one determined young man.
"In my head I had a vision,” Ahmed said. “I want to be the best to ever come out of the state of Washington. That's just the mindset I have."
He's been offered scholarships from pretty much every major college in the country. Ahmed has narrowed his college list down to Notre Dame, Oregon, Stanford, USC, and Washington. He plans to visit South Bend on September 17 and then make a decision soon after.
While the scouts and recruiters mainly see his highlight reel, it's his love for team which might just be his greatest asset.
"A good offensive line in high school is the key to success I think,” Ahmed said. “You get these guys to block and have your back, anything is going to be possible in the field."
The offensive line couldn’t agree more.
"It's two great ingredients coming together to make the perfect team,” said Juanita tackle Gavin Vodopich.
"He puts in a ton of work, but I'm glad he sees the work we put in too,” Juanita tackle Dante Ludlow added.
“They work hard and give everything they've got and they don't get any glory out of it, so any chance Salvon can give them love, he gives them love,” Teo said.
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