Report: Ex-Hurricanes DE Al-Quadin Muhammad heading to Hampton

Al-Quadin Muhammad (Miami Herald)

Al-Quadin Muhammad (Miami Herald)

Defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad, who was dismissed from Miami on Aug. 27 after a rocky UM career, is heading to Hampton according to a report late Wednesday by

UM dismissed Muhammad for committing NCAA violations after a six-month probe into the dealings of Muhammad and several other players had with a South Beach luxury rental car agency. Linebackers Jermaine Grace and Juwon Young were also dismissed for that reason (though the school only commented, via press release, on Grace and Muhammad; Young was suspended indefinitely and transferred to Marshall).

UM and Hampton officials could not be reached for comment late Wednesday.

In an Instagram post he later deleted, Muhammad posted a picture of a Hampton football helmet and expressed loyalty to the Hurricanes. “Every play I make I’m throwing up the [‘U’ emoji] for them 305 boys,” he wrote.

Given the reason for his dismissal, Muhammad’s eligibility is in question. Hampton is an FCS program, so players can transfer from an FBS school and play immediately without sitting out a year, as they would have to do if moving from one FBS school to another.

Muhammad is a talented player who believed — and whom UM believed — was ready to prove himself among the best players at his position nationally. However, he ran afoul of UM’s football team and administration multiple times. He was suspended from school for the 2014 fall semester — and thus, sat out the football season — for punching a then-UM student in the face after Miami’s spring game the previous April. He was also suspended the first game of last year for what the team called a violation of team rules.

Entering his redshirt junior year, Muhammad was coming off a strong 2015, in which he led the Hurricanes in tackles for loss (8.5) and sacks (5). Both he and Grace, a senior who led UM in tackles (79), were projected starters.

Grace has said publicly he wants to return to the Hurricanes, but multiple team sources said it is highly unlikely UM would have dismissed him without good reason.

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