Tennessee safety Kareem Orr eyes WSU trip

BEING FROM TENNESSEE, safety Kareem Orr didn’t expect Washington State would send an offer his way. Last week though, they did and the three-star prospect started looking seriously at Wazzu. The Louisville verbal commit says he’s a fan of the Cougs and is planning on taking an official visit to Pullman.

“I got that offer from them about a week ago,” Orr told Cougfan.com. “I had been speaking with the coaches for about a week before and then they came in and offered me.

“I was very excited about it. That’s a school all the way over on the West Coast. I’m here in the South, so that’s on the other side of the country.”

The WSU connection with the Chattanooga product comes in large part because of Washington State director of player relations Jarrail Jackson, a former Oklahoma wide receiver. Jackson has maintained strong high school ties in the South, which in turn potentially leads to the WSU coaches reaching out to far-flung prospects such as Orr.

THE BIG THING that sticks out to Orr, he said, about the WSU program is the recent success defensive backs have had in Pullman. The defensive specialist, ranked the No. 133 safety in the land, said one player in particular has caught his eye over the years.

“It’s a great program and I like how they help send players to the NFL,” Orr said. “I’ve watched a lot of Deone Bucannon and I liked what he was able to do there. It’s a big Pac-12 school and it doesn’t get better than Pac-12 football.”

Although a date hasn’t been set up yet, Orr said he’s planning on taking an official visit to Washington State, possibly in December, after his season with Notre Dame High comes to a close. He’ll visit Arizona State on Dec. 12 and is also taking a visit to Louisville sometime in January.

IN ADDITION TO WSU, the Louisville verbal also holds offers from Arizona State, Duke, Army, Western Kentucky, Cincinnati and several others. He committed to the Cardinal back on June 17.

“I’m still solid with Louisville, but I am planning on taking my other visits,” Orr said. “I know I’ll go to Arizona State and I’m also planning on going over to check out Washington State.”

Distance, he added, will play an important role in his decision.

“I want my family to be able to come see me play," he said. “I want to make sure I find the right fit, though. I want to find a great football program that has a great business school. I want to study business in college and academics are important to me.”

The 5-11, 191-pounder is off to a strong senior campaign. He’s recorded 696 all-purpose yards and 13 touchdowns, while adding 41 tackles and 10 pass deflections on defense.

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