Recruiting & Scouting

MSU receives commitment from athletic Harrison lineman for 2016 class; Harrison senior to sign with Iowa on Wednesday

Football   | Scott Burnstein

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Farmington Hills - Farmington Hills Harrison junior lineman Khalid Kareem appears to be headed to East Lansing in 2016.

One of the top players in his class, Kareem, a 6-foot-4, 245-pound defensive end, made an unofficial visit to Michigan State last weekend and attended the Michigan State-Michigan basketball game. He committed to play for the Spartans before he left.

Kareem had received two dozen scholarship offers Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Miami (FL) and Oregon, among others.

Considered a four-star recruit, Kareem is ranked nationally at his position by a number of scouting services.

Kareem transferred to Harrison in 2014 after spending his first two years of high school at West Bloomfield. Last fall he recorded 85 tackles and 19 sacks. His pay helped Harrison to a tie for the Oakland Activities Association White Division title and the Division 2 semifinals.

“I’m excited about the commitment,” he said. “I know I will learn a lot up there (at MSU), both on and off the football field.”

Agile and aggressive, Kareem is versatile. As a sophomore at West Bloomfield, he started at outside linebacker.

Longtime Harrison coach John Herrington knows what an athlete he has when it comes to rushing the quarterback.

“Khalid is one of the fastest kids I’ve ever had at his position, he’s lightning quick getting into the backfield and disrupting the opposing team’s passing attack,” he said. “His instinct in finding his way into gaps is rare. I think he’s very talented and with the type of attitude and motor he has, he can be incredibly successful going on after he leaves our program.”

Herrington has guided his Harrison program to an MHSAA record 13 state titles.

Joining Kareem in linking up with a college in the Big Ten last week was his Hawks teammate, Mike Ojemudia.

Harrison’s senior all-state linebacker committed to Iowa. Ojedmudia is the little brother of Michigan defensive lineman Mario Ojemudia and collected 110 tackles and 10 sacks in 2014.