Three-star back waiting on favorites

This talented running back from Oklahoma City says he has the skills and desire, but still waits for calls, interest from his list of favorites, including Kansas State.

He's spoken with no coaches and has no offers as of yet. But despite that, Deji Karim, of Nigerian decent, still has very high interest in Kansas State.

Karim, a three-star running back from Oklahoma City's Putnam City North High, rushed for 1,254 yards and 20 touchdowns last season and said he's like current Wildcat running back Darren Sproles because he can make people miss.

"I'm like Sproles in that way," he said. "I'm not as fast as him I don't think, but I can run through and around people, inside and outside. I'm not afraid to do anything. I'll whatever is asked of me as a running back."

But Karim isn't only being asked to play running back. He's also received a lot of interest from schools to play defensive back, considering his 4.4 40 yard speed and 5-foot-9 185 pound frame.

"I went to the Oklahoma State camp as a defensive back," he said. "But it didn't go well. I thought I was going to be a running back at the camp and wasn't prepared to play defensive back and it showed too. I got beat on a lot of plays and just wasn't ready for that."

So what about Karim's top five right now? He has Tulsa leading the pack, with Iowa State, K-State, TCU, and SMU falling in line behind. He said he plans to visit all five schools in the fall if nothing changes this summer.

Karim also offered some insight as to why he thinks he has gone relatively unnoticed so far—though receiving letters from all of his top five schools, just not many personal ones.

"I think some of it might be because of my ACT scores so far," he said. "I got a 16 three times and I think I need an 18 to qualify. I know it is still early yet, but that's the only thing I can think of that could be holding me back."


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