Karim honored to have Air Force offer

Keegan Karim received his third D-1 scholarship offer this spring this week from the Air Force Academy. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound defensive back out of Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Ga., received a visit from Air Force secondary coach, Steve Russ, informing him of their decision to extend an offer. Karim talked with FalconsReport.com about why he's delighted to be rewarded by Air Force.

Keegan Karim received his third D-1 scholarship offer this spring this week from the Air Force Academy. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound defensive back out of Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Ga., received a visit from Air Force secondary coach, Steve Russ, informing him of their decision to extend an offer. Karim talked with FalconsReport.com about why he's delighted to be rewarded by the Air Force staff.

"It was this past Tuesday when they came and got me out of school," said Karim. "The defensive backs coach said he liked my size at free safety and my ability to cover. He explained to me the way their defense is set up, the have a big cornerback meant to cover the run, two small, stocky defensive backs, and one lanky safety to cover the wide receiver. He likes me as the lanky guy who can cover and play man.

"I was very honored to have received the Air Force offer. I know you go to school there for four years then serve five after to repay your scholarship. After the five years, you have the option of staying in or going on with your life. I'm really excited about it. My step-father was in the Air Force and I think it would be a great opportunity.

"They run a 3-4 defense. The defense is high tempo. They try to get in the quarterback's mind and let the defensive backs make plays. Most of the freshman go to preparatory school which is like a redshirt and actually join the academy their freshman year."

Karim was offered by both BYU and Lehigh two weeks ago. He said Minnesota, Cincinnati, Bucknell, Georgia State, UConn, and Illinois have expressed interest.

"The number one factor for me is academics," Karim said on choosing a college. "We're still student-athletes. The next thing is the coaches, their style of play, and how well I think I'll succeed. I'd like the opportunity to play early with a chance to start. The last one is the environment. Can I see myself on that particular campus for the next four years?"

This spring, Karim visited Georgia Tech for a junior day and went to the Tennessee spring game. At the VTO Camp in Atlanta he was named one of the top defensive backs at the event. Karim said he's primed for a big senior campaign with the Harrison Hoyas.

"Our team is looking solid this year," he said. "I'm focus, well, on my technique. I'm a physical player. I love being physical and I'm a bigger guy compared to most cornerbacks. So I'm not really focusing on that aspect, but more on technique and getting faster in and out of my breaks."

As a junior Karim was twice named Cobb County Player of the Week.


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