Are, You Ready?

Sought-after JUCO Offensive Lineman Kareem Are visited Ole Miss Thursday-Saturday and liked the attention he got from the Rebels. Decision pending.

Ft. Scott (KS) JUCO Offensive Lineman Kareem Are has a lot of options of where to resume his college football career.

He is currently looking, in no particular order, at Ole Miss, Penn State, South Carolina and Florida State. He has visited all four.

Now, the hard part.

Which one to choose.

Are left Ole Miss with a lot on his mind.

"This is a hard decision. All of them are great schools and have unique, but really cool, atmospheres," said Are, a 6-6, 320-pounder who played this year at Ft. Scott (KS) CC and is a December graduate. "Penn State is closer to home (Long Island, NY) and that is a factor but not everything.

"It's just tough."

Kareem said he will go back home and talk with his Mother, pray about it and make a decision next week.

"I'm not sure what day, but next week sometime," he stated.

Are said one of the main factors is the possibility of quick playing time.

"Every school needs linemen, but Ole Miss and Penn State are losing the most of the schools I am considering," he said. "I feel like I will have a better opportunity at those schools because of that.

"Ole Miss is graduating five of their top eight linemen. There are some holes to fill."

Are was shown around town by QB Bo Wallace.

"Bo is a great guy. We had a lot of fun. I also got to meet some of the other players and they are all tight. I like that," he added. "The coaches are all real good people.

"I really like (OL Coach) Matt Luke. He keeps it real and he looks out for his O-Linemen. While football is really important, he knows there is more to life than football and he wants to help me develop all parts of my life. Education is important and he's into that."

Kareem was also impressed with the Rebel facilities.

"Everything is right there in the Manning Center and it's all very nice. They are expanding it and it will be even nicer," he said. "If you saw where I have been playing, you'd know why I am blown away by the Ole Miss facilities."

So what will Kareem Are decide?

Are, you ready?

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