FARMINGTON, Mich – It’s a rare moment when Nick Saban and Alabama suffer a loss on the recruiting trail, but that’s exactly what happened Wednesday morning when 4-star Khalid Kareem announced his decommitment from the Crimson Tide.
Kareem announced his decommitment on Twitter, and it sounds like a decision that he didn’t take lightly. Of course, when you’re decommitting from one of the best football programs in the country—and a future Hall-of-Fame coach in Nick Saban—that’s certainly a big deal worth thinking about for some time.
— Khalid A. Kareem (@khalid_kareem93) October 14, 2015
Not surprisingly, the 4-star has a plethora of options on the table now that his recruitment has opened back up, and his visit list could give us an indication of which schools could be in the running.
Earlier this season, Kareem unofficially visited Michigan State— a visit that came before an official to Alabama. Speaking of officials, Kareem has one planned to Notre Dame for the Fighting Irish’s rivalry game against the USC Trojans this weekend.
It’s also worth keeping an eye on Jim Harbaugh and Michigan, because at least according to the usually accurate 247Sports Crystal Ball, the Wolverines were at one point a popular pick to land Kareem’s commitment. Keep in mind, he also unofficially visited Michigan last spring, and he was at the Michigan vs. Northwestern game last weekend. Of course, with the visit to Notre Dame coming up the Fighting Irish are the new flavor of the month, so it’s going to be interesting to see how this weekend’s visit goes. Despite USC’s recent head coaching drama this past week, this rivalry game should still be an intense one, so Kareem will likely be treated to the classic South Bend experience.
According to the industry generated 247Sports Composite rankings, Kareem is the No. 9 strong-side 2016 defensive end in the nation.