Recruiting starts early for Karam
The last week and a half have been quite eventful for 2009 quarterback prospect Jacob Karam of Friendswood (Texas) High School. After a strong showing at the Fort Worth NIKE Camp, the sophomore gunslinger had college coaches from all over come to watch him during spring practice.
One of the schools keeping a close eye on Karam decided that they wanted to be the first to verbally offer the 6-foot-2, 190-pound quarterback.
"I was in school last Friday and my head coach, coach (Steve) Van Meter, called me down to his office," Karam said. "He told me that Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh had just been in there watching my film. He just wanted to tell me that coach Harbaugh was impressed by it."
"Then, when I came out to practice that afternoon I saw coach Van just looking at me and smiling. He just said, 'Stanford offered you.' I was incredibly excited."
While Karam has said before that he would like to play his college ball close to home, Stanford could be a possible exception.
"When I got home, I went and looked up everything about coach Harbaugh," Karam said. "I saw that he played quarterback for Michigan and in the NFL. Then I was talking to my dad about him and it turns out that is like his favorite quarterback. I could see myself playing there for sure. It's a great opportunity for a quarterback but the education there is incredible as well."
While Karam is excited about being one of the first quarterbacks in his class to receive an offer, he is not ready to make a decision this early.
"I haven't talked to the coaches since they offered me," Karam said. "But I'm going to write them a letter or something just saying thank you, it's an honor, I'll think about it and pray over it. I'm definitely going to make a visit out there this summer, though."
While Karam still has plenty of time to think about recruiting, he only has one thing on his mind at the moment.
"While it's a great honor, I'm just trying to work really hard," Karam said. "I want to lead my team to the state championship. That's all I'm thinking about right now."
Brian Perroni contributed to this report