MSU, UM still in mix as decision date nears for Khalid Kareem

David Goricki
The Detroit News
Khalid Kareem

Khalid Kareem has gone from an under-the-radar defensive lineman a year ago to one of the highest-rated players in the country.

That's why dozens of coaches are holding their breath to find out where Kareem will be playing his college ball.

Kareem, a 6-foot-4, 245-pound defensive end, had a strong junior year at Farmington Hills Harrison last year, getting 18 sacks. The four-star player will announce his college decision on Wednesday at Harrison.

Kareem didn't receive his first offer, Bowling Green, until Oct. 16. Now his offer list is up to 39 and includes Michigan, Michigan State, defending national champion Ohio State, runnerup Oregon, Alabama, Notre Dame and Stanford.

Kareem was still taking visits over the weekend, making a stop at South Carolina Saturday. He originally committed to MSU, then de-committed to reconsider his options.

"I rushed my decision when I committed to Michigan State and my dad thought I should take some more time and I'm glad I did," Kareem said. "If I didn't I wouldn't have had the opportunity to see all the schools that I did and build relationships with the coaches."

Kareem says he doesn't have a top-five list, but said MSU and Michigan are still most certainly in the running.

"I haven't made up a top-five or anything like that," Kareem said. "Right now I'm in South Carolina and it's my last visit. It was nice, a real nice campus."