ALAMEDA -- A devastating knee injury didn't stop Alameda High football player Sulaiman Hameed from earning a college scholarship.

The 5-foot-11, 165-pound senior defensive back committed to Washington State on Monday afternoon, choosing the Cougars over offers from Arizona State, UC Davis and UNLV.

"At the end of the day, I felt like they had my best interests at heart," said Hameed, who is rated as a three-star cornerback by Rivals.com.

Hameed earned the Pac-12 scholarship despite missing all of his junior season and part of his senior year with an ACL tear.

He was an even more promising recruit before the injury, which happened three weeks before the start of his junior season, and said he was receiving interest from big time schools like Oregon and Alabama.

Then he tore his ACL during practice, which kept him out of action for more than a year just when his recruiting was starting to heat up.

"I'm very thankful schools like Washington State stuck with me through the whole thing," Hameed said. "They were loyal to me and saw me as more than just a football player."

Hameed returned to the field in late September this season, playing cornerback, safety, wide receiver and returning kicks. He also started at quarterback for Alameda's final three games of the year.

"He's a great kid with great academics and a great attitude," Alameda coach Kemp Moyer said. "I'm confident he'll do great things at the next level and I'm excited about what's in store for him."


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Hameed is the second local defensive back to commit to Washington State, joining De La Salle's Kevin Griffin.

Signing day for football is Feb. 5.