Originally created 02/11/99

ARC's Rashada, Rainey pick MTSU, S.C. State



Muhammad Rashada couldn't resist the lure of playing football at a Division I-A football program.

On Wednesday, he made it official. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound wide receiver from Richmond Academy said he'll play at Middle Tennessee State as the Blue Raiders move from the Division I-AA ranks to Division I.

In addition, Richmond linebacker Jahmal Rainey said he'll play for nearby South Carolina State next season.

Rashada's deal was almost too sweet to pass up.

"They offered me a full scholarship and when I went up there (to Murfreesboro, Tenn.) and visited, I really liked it," Rashada said of his visit in late January. "They told me I have a chance to come in and help the team out next year."

A versatile athlete who also plays baseball for the Musketeers, he was also heavily recruited by Appalachian State this season.

He did it all for Richmond Academy, returning punts, kicks and also playing some on the defensive side. But as a wide receiver, Rashada was a bomb waiting to explode. He hauled in 34 passes for 434 yards and six touchdowns. In addition, he returned two kickoffs for touchdowns. His efforts landed him on The Augusta Chronicle's all-area team.

"They have a new coach, new facilities and they're moving up," he said. "I feel good about it (the situation)."

Rainey said right now he plans to concentrate on playing football but said he wouldn't rule out the possibility of playing baseball and basketball. Rashada previously played for the Musketeer basketball team but didn't play this season.

Rainey was also a member of The Augusta Chronicle's all-area team as a defensive lineman. He played primarily as a linebacker where the 6-2, 185-pounder registered 134 tackles and intercepted two passes.

He also scored five defensive touchdowns this season and returned a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns this season.