Scouting Report: Quarterback Jacob Karam

While Friendswood quarterback Jacob Karam was busy out to summer camps, his stocks seemed to be rising after every visit. This past weekend was all he needed before making the final decision to become a Red Raider. Now that he is committed, RaiderPower.com called on Southwest Regional Manager Alan Zepeda to get the inside scoop on Karam. He had this to say about the newest Red Raider...

On Monday night, Friendswood quarterback Jacob Karam ended his recruitment by making the pledge to Texas Tech. This decision came after 6-foot-2, 203-pound Karam went to Lubbock for a camp and performed well.

Now that Karam has made his decision, RaiderPower.com caught up with Scout.com Southwest Regional Manager Alan Zepeda to get the lowdown on the newest Texas Tech commit.

"[Karam] is a player who shows a lot of intelligence on the field," Zepeda said. "He is one who can go out there and read a defense and make good decisions. Look at some of the schools he had offers from: Stanford, Vanderbilt, and Rice. He uses his brain to maximize his talents."

And those talents are reflected in the numbers he put up as a junior. Karam threw for 1,951 yards and 25 touchdowns. On the ground, he also had five rushing touchdowns.

But it is the passing game that has brought about the notoriety nationally.

"He has a strong and accurate arm and can throw almost any pass a coach would want," Zepeda said. "He is a pure quarterback, a player who can read a defense well and throws the ball with accuracy. He is very good on touch passes, but knows when to put the zip on it."

A far as his rushing abilities, Zepeda was quick to explain that although Jacob may not be a classified as a true "dual-threat" quarterback, he can get out there and run if needed.

"He is not a Cody Green or Tyrik Rollison, but he is no Bernie Kosar either," Zepeda said. "He can avoid the rush, and if a team disrespects his running ability and wants to drop back into coverage, he is fast enough to get the yards."

While it may seem like Karam has all of the physical tools to be a solid college quarterback, Zepeda noted that his strongest asset may be his work ethic.

"Most quarterbacks these days have some type of leadership capabilities, but Karam is one who truly leads by example," Zepeda said. "He has a go-out-and-do type of attitude, which is what you want. He is definitely the one you want in when the game is on the line."



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