As Michigan work to add the remaining pieces to their 2015 recruiting class, Farmington Hills (Mich.) Harrison defensive end Khalid Kareem is in the mix to join the Wolverines’ 2016 class. That turn of events is a strong possibility after an impressive camp workout at UM earlier this summer.
“I thought I performed pretty well at the camp,” Kareem told GoBlueWolverine. “We actually had a battle against the offensive line at the end and it came down to me. I beat my man pretty good. So I think I performed pretty well.”
After speaking with Michigan head coach Brady Hoke over the weekend, it appears that the Maize and Blue headman agrees.
“He said he knows who I am and that I’m pretty good,” said Kareem. “He’s watched my film, and he wants to see me in the first four games of the season. Also he wants me to build my relationship with the coaches.”
Based on his camp performance, Kareem was invited back to campus to partake in the BBQ at the Big House. This visit was a smash hit to the 6’4”, 235 lb. prospect.
“It was a great visit,” said Kareem. “When we first got there we met the coaches. Then we started the A-Maize-Ing race where we went all across campus finding checkpoints and taking pictures and posting them on Twitter. It was basically a tour, but it had a different kind of feel to it.”
This tour around Ann Arbor provided Kareem with several advantageous opportunities. First, he was able to experience an in-depth look at a campus that he may be calling him a few years down the road from now. It also allowed for him to further his relationship with UM defensive line coach Mark Smith, who has been recruiting him over the past couple months.
“I was on coach Mark Smith’s team,” said Kareem. “I have a pretty good relationship with coach Smith. I’ve called him a couple times. We talked recently about how I did at the camp a couple weeks ago, and I did pretty good there. Overall we have a pretty good relationship.”
This relationship allowed for Kareem to feel comfortable with his team during the A-Maize-Ing race. Having familiar teammates competing with him on coach Smith’s squad didn’t hurt matters either.
“Yeah, we had a pretty good team,” said Kareem. “Josh Ross, Jack Dunaway and Corey Malone. We kind of jelled pretty good. I have known those kids for a long time.”
Once the tour around the campus was over, the contingent of Michigan targets received a first-hand look at several other areas of the Michigan football program.
“Then after that we toured around the facilities and the locker rooms and had a chance to eat,” said Kareem. “Then after that we got to tour the actual game day locker room and go on the field for a presentation.“
Out of all the events from the jam-packed recruiting extravaganza, one conversation stood out to Kareem.
“Talking to Brady Hoke really,” Kareem said. “He was telling me to just play good in the first couple games and send them over my film and things should probably take off from there.”
This conversation with Hoke was encouraging to the junior defensive end, who believes a Michigan offer is within reach after his impressive camp showing.
“I think I just have to play, honestly,” said Kareem. “The first four games, then I’ll send my highlights in to the coaches.“
How does he currently view the Wolverines?
“Michigan is in great position.”
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