UPDATED: Rutgers Offers JuCo OL

ASA Brooklyn JuCo offensive lineman Ali Kassem has five scholarship offers and is seeing his recruitment spike in the final weeks before National Signing Day. The 6-foot-7 Kassem now has two official visits planned.

Rutgers was one of the most recent schools to get involved with ASA Brooklyn JuCo offensive lineman Ali Kassem. Kassem now holds five scholarship offers after the Scarlet Knights gave him one today.

"They just offered me and I'm taking my official visit this weekend," Kassem said.

Kassem spent one year at Western Michigan before transferring to ASA and will have two years of eligibility at a Division I school this fall. He is a 6-foot-7 lineman being recruited primarily as a guard.

"A lot of schools have been in to see me, but they're all new," Kassem said. "Right now I'm planning to fly to N.C. State for me official visit [Feb. 1] and then go home and figure it all out with my family."

Kassem also has FBS offers from Kent State, N.C. State and Akron. Rutgers, Ohio State and Florida State have been in to see him this month.

Kassem knows Rutgers assistant coach Dave Cohen from his time at Western Michigan. Rutgers saw him Friday, he said, and is still a new school in the process.

"I really like coach Cohen," Kassem said. "He was the one that [helped me] when I decided to leave Western Michigan. He's a great coach. I'd like to play for him again."

Kassem recently began his final semester at ASA and will be eligible to enroll at a new school for training camp. He has two years to play two, but said he will appeal for a third year of eligibility when his time is done. Kassem would like to have a decision by Signing Day, but said he does not mind waiting longer to weigh his options.


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