After an impressive season on the gridiron last year, I think it’s safe to say that Farmington Hills Harrison (Mich.) sophomore defensive end Khalid Kareem, is quickly growing into an impressive football player and it seems various college coaches are beginning to take notice as well.
In the last few weeks, Kareem has visited Michigan State, Michigan and Wayne Sate (D2) and he while he says all three schools have different things to offer, he adds that all three college visits were amazing, starting with his visits to Michigan State and Michigan.
“I’ve been on two unofficial visits to Michigan State but just like last time, I really enjoyed my visit.” Kareem said. “It’s a big school but, it feels like a family environment each time I’m there. During my visit, I actually felt like I was a part of the team. I was able to be a part of the meetings with the defense and the defensive line coach. I sat in a small classroom with players and watched them win the Rose Bowl! Overall, it was an awesome experience.”
“My visit to the Big House was just as great, especially since I was there for the spring game. During my visit, the first person I saw when I walked into the building to check-in was Charles Woodson. He had some encouraging words for me and after taking a couple of pictures with him, we headed out to the field and I must say, walking down that tunnel and on to the field was surreal and definitely something I could get use to. Besides that, I had a chance to talk to Director of Player Personnel, Chris Singletary, for a minute before the game started. After the game all the recruits and our families were able to go out on the field with the players and coaches. It felt good when some of the coaches actually knew a lot about me and my game as soon as I introduced myself.”
Although, Kareem has yet to receive an offer from Michigan and Michigan State, he says receiving an offer from either school would be great and he could very well see himself playing at either school.
“It’s hard to say what the coaches want in a player but I’m hopeful that they are close to offering me.”Kareem replied. “An offer from Michigan and Michigan State would mean a lot to me and my family and I could honestly see myself playing for either school.”
Kareem’s college interest doesn’t stop with Michigan and Michigan State, this past weekend, Kareem also visited Wayne State University and although he didn’t receive an offer before leaving the campus, he stated that receiving an offer from Wayne State would be impressive.
“Wayne State has expressed a ton of interest in me but they have not offered me yet.” Kareem said. “I honestly would be impressed about an offer from Wayne State. It’s a really good school with some great academic programs. My mom actually went to Wayne State and I could see myself playing for them. I’ve only had one visit there so far but my first impression is that it felt like family. Guys seemed like brothers out there on the practice field. The coaching staff always show me a lot of love and when I’m around the coaches, it feels like I’m around coaches that have already coached me. Plus, I really like the fact that Wayne State is a local school. ”
Just like I mentioned above, Kareem’s college interest doesn’t stop with the in-state schools. This Friday, Kareem will be visiting Ball State University and after that he plans to attend a few more spring games along with a couple of performance camps.
“I’m looking forward to visiting Ball State on Friday.” Kareem replied. “During my visit, I will be touring the campus with the admissions department in the beginning of the day on Friday. In the late afternoon, I will meet with the coaching staff, tour the athletic facilities, watch the team practice and hopefully sit in on some of the team meetings. After that I will talk to the coaches a little more which will lead to me asking some questions and answering some questions. Overall, my goal is to get to know college coaches and let them get to know me.”
“After my visit to Ball State on April 11th, I will be attending the Michigan State spring game on the 26th of April. Then the very next day on April 27th, I plan to attend and participate in Rivals camp which I was invited to.”
One thing’s for sure, Kareem’s college interest will only continue grow from here and he says he couldn’t be more excited about it.
“I’m really enjoying the recruiting process.” Kareem said. “Considering how young some of the players are that I see getting offers, I feel like I’m late, but that just makes me more motivated to improve my game and earn offers.”
Kareem is not exaggerating about improving his game. The off-season isn’t even finished yet and already Kareem has improved his game while continuing to set high goals for himself on and off the field.
“Most people call it off-season because there are no games being played but I haven’t taken any time off.” Kareem replied. “I’ve put on 25 pounds of muscle since December. I’m in the gym four to five times a week, working on getting bigger, faster and stronger.”
“Going into my junior season, I plan on playing more defensive end than any other position and my ultimate goal is to dominate the game on the defensive side of the ball. Besides that, I will also play the tight end position a lot more since I only had a couple of offensive series at the tight end last season. However, at the end of the day, I’ll play where ever the coach needs me.”
It’s because of that positive and hard-working attitude that Kareem is receiving so much college interest and while he doesn’t know what position he will play in college, he states that it will more than likely be on the defensive side of the ball.
“As my game continues to evolve, I’m not sure exactly where I will play in college.” Kareem said. “Right now I will say the defensive end or the outside linebacker. If coaches look at my film, they will see that I can play both positions.”
Overall, I would say get used to hearing Khalid Kareem’s name because with two more years of high school football ahead of him, Kareem can definitely expect plenty of offers to come his way and we can definitely expect to hear his name more often, as he continues his high school career and overall recruiting process.
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Contributor for Radio One Detroit