First, Ann Arbor Skyline linebacker Daelin Hayes, ranked the No. 1 football recruit in the state, decommitted from USC.
Now Farmington Hills Harrison defensive end Khalid Kareem, considered a four-star recruit and ranked No. 9 in the state by rivals.com, has gone back on his pledge to Alabama.
The all-stater tweeted the news this morning, writing: “After careful consideration and a lot of heart felt talks with my mother. In my families best interest we’ve informed the Coaches that I am decommitted from the University of Alabama at this time. Thank you to Coach Saban and Coach Williams and Coach Tosh for everything you’ve taught me a long the way. Thank you to the entire Crimson Tide family and community.”
Kareem had scholarship offers to Michigan and Michigan State before choosing Alabama in June. In fact, he once reportedly was close to verbally committing to MSU. Verbal commitments are nonbinding until national letters of intent are signed in February.
There’s a thought that Notre Dame is now in play for both Kareem and Hayes.
Kareem changed his mind so that his mother, Phillicia, will be able to see him play, said his dad, Ken Kareem.
“I loved Alabama and the atmosphere down there — it was like no other — but I understood that he felt a certain kind of way about his mom being able to see him play,’’ Ken Kareem said. “The University of Alabama is a great place. Coach (Nick) Saban talked to us and said he didn’t want him to come down there if he felt like he was going to be missing his mom or was unfocused.
“He talked to us about that during his official visit. The distance came up in conversation over the last two months. He felt that he wanted his mom to see him play his college ball. Schools that are within four to five hours or less are now the ones we’ve been looking at.’’
Before the start of his junior year, Kareem didn’t have any scholarship offers. By this past spring, he had 39 and was named to the Free Press Dream Team.
His decommitment came as news to Harrison coach John Herrington this morning.
“His dad handles everything, but I had a feeling something was going on,’’ Herrington told the Free Press.
Kareem has 15 sacks this season, plus four forced fumbles and four pass deflections in seven games. He has 42 tackles (29 for loss).
“Being his father, I want him to go to Alabama, but I understood what he felt about his mom,’’ Ken Kareem said.
Here is Kareem committing to Alabama at his high school in June:
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