One of the most gifted athletes in the state of Michigan as just a junior this past season, 2016 Farmington Hills (Mich.) Harrison four-star defensive end Khalid Kareem is also now a very highly coveted student-athlete at the next level.
“I improved my hands, my motor and just my get off on the ball,” Kareem said looking back at the 2015 season.
This off-season Kareem’s focus has shifted to the weight room, working to improve his quickness and his frame.
If the early returns are any indication of what’s to come -- currently just shy of 6-foot-5, 252-pounds -- Kareem should be primed for an even stronger senior year next fall.
“I got to a couple trainers on the weekends and I lift during the week,” Kareem said. “Just trying to do full body workouts.”
Previously announcing a verbal commitment to Mark Dantonio and Michigan State this winter, Kareem quickly decided against that early decision, now considering himself back on the market.
“I would say I’m uncommitted and open,” he said.
“Michigan State has been really good,” Kareem added. “I talk to Coach Dantonio and he said it’s all good, just take my time and make sure I’m 100-percent.”
Ironically enough, Kareem actually visited Ann Arbor a couple weeks ago when the Spartans headed to Crisler Center to take on the Wolverines.
“It was a pretty good experience,” Kareem recalled. “The coaches were pretty cool with me and I got to see the new defense and the system and how it would run with the new coaching staff. It was good for me to see all of that.”
With spring visits now firmly on the mind, including a likely return trip to Michigan for the Wolverines spring game Apr. 4, Kareem is in no hurry to rush a decision on his future.
“Once I get out and start visiting I’m going to start narrowing things down,” he said. “But everyone has a good chance.”