Kareem lands Irish offer

Junior defensive end Khalid Kareem has been communicating with Notre Dame since visiting during the season. Irish assistant Mike Elston followed up with a trip to Farmington Hills, Mich., on Monday to deliver a scholarship offer.

Defensive end Khalid Kareem had a feeling Notre Dame would offer once a coach visited school.

Turns out Monday was that day as Irish assistant Mike Elston made a stop at Harrison High School in Farmington Hills, Mich., to check on the junior. Elston left word of a scholarship offer that’s been months in the works.

“I've been hearing from them and communicating with them mainly since I visited for the Stanford game,” Kareem said. “Since then we’ve pretty much had constant communication. I’ve been talking to coach Elston pretty much every couple weeks, so I knew it was coming.”

Notre Dame joins Boston College, Cal, Cincinnati, Duke, Indiana, Iowa, Louisville, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, Northwestern, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Wisconsin on the offer list.

Kareem plans to follow up on the Notre Dame offer by visiting March 21 for junior day. Getting to South Bend for a game during the season left a distinct impression.

“It was just really live,” Kareem said. “You could feel the intensity from everyone, the fans and the players. You could tell that whole program is built on tradition.”

Ohio State hosted the 6-foot-4, 235-pound prospect last weekend for junior day, extending an offer in the process. Kareem plans to visit Michigan State on Sunday and Duke on Feb. 21 for their own junior day events.

Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Duke, Tennessee, Northwestern and a few other programs have made their way to Harrison over the last couple weeks to continue expressing interest.

Kareem plans to keep things even with more visits and perhaps more offers coming soon.

“I’m gonna leave it wide open for awhile,” Kareem said. “Just constantly take it all in and weigh my options as time goes on.”

But with so many options already on the table and campus trips on the schedule, Kareem has started to develop some criteria for schools to make future cuts.

“I really look for a team that’s gonna give me the best opportunity to play when I come in my freshman season,” Kareem said. “And to see of the school has my anticipated majors, sports medicine or sports management.”

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