Karam To Be Evaluated

The Notre Dame football coaches are back from vacation and evaluating film of several recruits across the country. Friendswood (Texas) High quarterback Jacob Karam and his father have heard his tape will be one of the many viewed by the Irish staff this week.

"Coach (Mike) Haywood said him and coach (Ron) Powlus are going to watch my film," Jacob Karam said. "I'm waiting to hear back from them. Hopefully they like it."

Arizona, Stanford and nearby Houston have liked Karam's film enough to offer the Scout.com top-300 player a scholarship. Other programs showing interest besides Notre Dame is Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Arizona State, Northwestern and Louisville.

Haywood told the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Karam they'd soon be getting to his film when he visited the campus for the first time at last month's junior day. The Irish offensive coordinator has since followed up with Karam's father.

Karam is hoping for an offer, as he had an amazing trip to South Bend.

"Tradition," Karam said when asked the first thing he thought of when stepping on Notre Dame's campus. "Just so much tradition. Everything is just so elite I guess you can say. It's like no other college I've ever seen. Everything was ancient, different than anything I've ever seen. I'm from Texas, I've never seen anything like it.

"I had a blast. Me and Jimmy Clausen hit it off well. He kind of showed me around the locker room. We became friends and we talk a little bit now.

"I'm catholic, so it was extra special for me. I really can't say enough about it, it was amazing."

Karam was pretty amazing himself this past fall. He threw for nearly 2,000 yards and 25 touchdowns. He also ran for five more scores. As a sophomore, Karam put himself on the map by throwing for 2,338 yards and 21 touchdowns. He added three rushing scores and one receiving touchdown.

Karam runs the 40-yard dash in the high 4.5, low 4.6 range, and his speed and agility also has colleges excited about him.

"Most of them say they like my strength and stuff like that," Karam said of college recruiters. "It's kind of cool they all say the same things, so that they all are credible. They all say I'm real athletic and have good feet and a strong arm."

Karam has also seen the campuses at Northwestern, Louisville, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Houston and Stanford. He is planning on checking out both Arizona and Arizona State in the near future.

At this moment, Karam is open to any school, but wants to be verbally committed somewhere before his senior season kicks off.

"First and foremost, I'm looking for good academics," Karam said. He has a 94 percent grade average. "Football tradition, and the coaches and depth chart will be the main factors."

However, with Notre Dame signing five-star quarterbacks in its last two recruiting classes, Karam added that won't be a problem if the Irish decided to offer him.

"I would feel privileged if Notre Dame recruited me," Karam said. "They've got the best of the last two classes in my opinion. If I did go up there, I'm a competitor first and foremost, and I'd compete for the starting job."

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