Karam looking hard at Memphis

When Texas Tech transfer quarterback Jacob Karam was researching the University of Memphis and its football program, one thing jumped out at him: Justin Fuente, the new coach of the Tigers, was once in his shoes.

When Texas Tech transfer quarterback Jacob Karam was researching the University of Memphis and its football program, one thing jumped out at him: Justin Fuente, the new coach of the Tigers, was once in his shoes.

Fuente, once a starting freshman quarterback at Oklahoma, transferred to Murray State after two seasons, where he set several school records in major passing statistical categories.

Karam, who graduated from Texas Tech last week, is considering Memphis along with Houston and UTEP, and Fuente's journey as a wayward quarterback could be working to the Tigers' advantage.

"We're both transfer quarterbacks. He knows where I'm coming from," Karam told TigerAuthority.com by phone Tuesday night. "I've learned a lot about him."

The 6-foot-2 Texas native will officially visit Memphis on Jan. 5, one day after the recruiting dead period ends. Karam said he transferred because he "wanted an opportunity to play this year." At Texas Tech, he was second on the depth chart to Seth Doege, who passed for over 4,000 yards and 28 touchdowns.

In five games with the Red Raiders this past season, Karam was 9-of-17 for 104 yards and two touchdowns.

Karam is eligible to play immediately under NCAA transfer rules, as he already graduated from Texas Tech, and has two years of eligibility left.

His interest was immediately piqued, he said, after one phone conversation with Fuente.

"He's the reason I'm really interested. I was extremely impressed just by talking with him," Karam said. "I can tell you by talking to him, he's the right man for the job. He's gonna turn this program around immediately. He believes it can be turned around. I want to play for a man like him and who knows the quarterback position specifically."

Fuente was largely credited with the development of Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton as the co-offensive coordinator at TCU, a factor that Karam said weighs heavy in his decision-making process.

"I think I play a lot like (Dalton). That's attractive to me," Karam said. "He's as good a quarterback coach as there is in the whole country. He played the position himself. I just think he's a great coach."

Karam, who is also considering Houston and UTEP, said he hopes that the questions he has about the football program can be answered on his visit.

"I'm hoping I really enjoy (my visit)," he said. "I think that some special things can be done because the program is in the right hands."

Karam is considering Houston, he said, because new coach Tony Levine recruited him out of high school and that his hometown Friendswood is a short 45-minute drive from the campus.

He said he has family members that reside in El Paso, a major reason why he‘s considering the Miners.

Karam said he thinks he'll have his decision made soon after he finishes his visit at Memphis. He currently doesn't have any other official visits scheduled.

"All these schools are interested in me and willing to give me chance, so I'm equally interested," Karam said. "I'm confident I can lead them to championship seasons. The next couple of weeks will be important in terms of finding the right fit."


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