Pack Offers Kassem

Junior college offensive lineman Ali Kassem had a strong season for ASA College and is now garnering interest, and offers, from several school.

The 6-foot-7, 350-pounder says his season started slow, but once he got going he had a solid year.

"I did good this year," said Ali Kassem. "Before the season i got mono and the first two games I was was trying to get back into it, but I had a really good season. I didn't give up any sacks and recorded over 100 pancakes."

It's been an interesting journey for Kassem. He signed with Western Michigan in 2010 out of Cincinnati (OH) Moeller High School, but left WMU the spring of his freshman year and returned to Cincinnati.

"It didn't really work out for me so I came home to Cincinnati after spring ball my freshman year," said Kassem. "I sat out the fall of 2011 and ASA and a few other schools called me up."

Kassem enrolled at ASA College, located in Brooklyn, New York, in the spring of 2012 and played this past season with the team. The Avengers finished with a 9-1 record and ranked 5th nationally.

Kassem did his part, leading an offensive line unit that paved the way for tailback Hosey Williams, who finished the year with 1,269 yards rushing, which ranked third nationally.

Now offers are starting to roll in for Kassem.

"Right now I have offers from North Carolina State, Kent State, Akron, and Texas San Antonio," he said. "I'm also being recruited by Ohio State, Florida State, Rutgers, Texas Tech, and Arkansas."

NC State offensive line coach Mike Uremovich is recruiting Kassem for the Wolfpack. According to Kassem, NC State offered him on Monday, and coach Uremovich was up to visit with him on Thursday of this week.

"I like coach Uremovich a lot," he said. "He came up and we talked about the school. He showed me the facilities, and they were great.

"I'm very interested in NC State. I like the city and I love the state... really both North and South Carolina. I'm ready to get down there and check them out."

Kassem is scheduled to visit NC State on January 25th. He says that the final weekend could go to Texas San Antonio, Rutgers, or Texas Tech.

A full qualifier out of high school, Kassem carries a 3.0+ GPA and will be free to enroll in the college of his choice this summer.

He currently will have two years to play two seasons but hopes that could change.

"When I get to my new school I'm going to appeal," he said. "Because I sat out in 2011, the hope is they will grant my appeal and I will have three years to play three."

Does Kassem have a leader?

"I'm wide open," he said. "I'm still getting recruited late in the process, and I'm not even sure if I'll be signing on signing day.

I'm waiting to see how my recruiting goes. I'll see what happens. If I find the right school I will commit on the visit, but I think I want to take at least two visits just to compare the schools."

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