The question was posed to Khalid Kareem this morning, a couple of days after he de-committed from Alabama and picked Notre Dame for his college choice so his mother could attend his games.
If Alabama met Notre Dame in the college playoffs or bowl game, how would he feel lining up against the team his father, Ken, loved and still loves to his day?
“I’d be OK because I would know that I picked two great programs,” said the big senior defensive end from Farmington Hills Harrison. “We talked about it and we thought the best place for me was Notre Dame. I don’t feel like I’m making a sacrifice not going to Alabama. We all feel good about my future and going to Notre Dame.
On Jan. 9, his parents, Phillicia and Ken, will drop him off in South Bend, Ind., and the plan is to make enough of an impression in winter conditioning and spring practice to get into the two-deep for the Fighting Irish.
An All-State player and Free Press Dream Team member a year ago, Kareem enters the playoffs with 16 sacks, 52 total tackles, 34 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles and four pass deflections. Ken Kareem keeps all of his son’s stats.
“Academically we feel Notre Dame is a great place and, with the football history, it’s tough to deny it’s a great program,” said Ken Kareem.
Khalid said there was nothing negative about the recruiting process, “just making the right decision was the key because it’s something that influences the rest of your life.”
Playing for Harrison and legendary coach John Herrington should have Kareem ready for the study part of playing college football.
“We watched a ton of film,” said Kareem. “That’s one of the things that I will remember about playing for Coach Herrington. He made sure we watched film and were prepared.”
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