Owls Still An Option?

Friendswood,TX QB Jacob Karam has become a hot prospect over the past few weeks and currently holds 8 scholarship offers. Are the hometown Rice Owls still in the mix?

I received a call from Friendswood QB Jacob Karam last night. Reports earlier this week suggested Karam had eliminated the Rice Owls from contention for his commitment. Karam gave me a slightly different version when we talked.

"I'm still open to all the schools recruiting me, including Rice. I realize the great opportunities I have there - both in education and in football. I think maybe some things were taken out of context in the other story. I heard from the Rice coaches right after that story came out and they were pretty shocked, but I told them I'm still very much interested in playing there. I know I have a great opportunity to stay right here in my hometown to play football if I want to."

Karam is nowhere near a decision but does have a high opinion of the school on South Main.

"I really like Coach (Tom) Herman, Coach Hammerschmidt, and Coach Bailiff. I think they're great coaches and are going to do good things at Rice. My dad really likes those guys too."

The Rice Shotgun Spread Offense run by Tom Herman is a good fit for Karam's skills. Jacob told me he's about 6-2 205 right now and has run a 4.61 forty. He's got a lot of the same qualities current record setting Rice QB Chase Clement has – strong arm, quick release, and better than average running ability. He rushed for Karam is very quick too, recording a 4.3 second shuttle time in testing at his high school this spring.

Karam has noticed. "Coach Herman talked to me about the offense and told me how their QB (Chase Clement) finished 6th in the country in total offense. Rice's offense would be fun to play in I think."

I asked Jacob about a time-line on his decision and he said he would like to make one before the end of July. "I want to make some trips and go to some camps before I make a final decision." At this point he wasn't sure of which camps he would attend.

Karam is a rated a 3 Star prospect by Scout and listed as the #31 QB in country.

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