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Scout's Take: DE Khalid Kareem to Notre Dame

One-time Alabama verbal, defensive end Khalid Kareem, is now Notre Dame's highest-rated defensive pledge. Read below to find out with the addition of Kareem means for the Irish:

What he brings: Kareem possesses a nice combination of height, bulk and strength at this stage with a frame that can continue to be developed and support more good mass with time in Notre Dame’s weight program. The ESPN 300 prospect is a front-seven defender with a quick first-step and a good motor. He can be tough against the run, demonstrating good ability to hold ground when he fires off and stays low with the upper body strength to separate and shed from blockers, though needs to be more consistent with hand usage. The four-star can also disrupt as a pass-rusher. He flashes ability to generate speed-to-power and be able to push blockers back, but needs to continue to refine and be active with his hands in his attack with ability to lower pads and dip inside. Kareem is a good player whose best football is still ahead as he continues to develop and more consistently maximize his strengths as a player.

How he fits: In the four-star defender, the Fighting Irish add a player with the potential to be a well-rounded and disruptive edge-rusher. There will likely still need to be some adjustment time which could limit initial contributions, but he could developed and be used similarly to current ND D-Lineman Isaac Rochell. He is scheduled to be an early enrollee, which can help to accelerate his development though.

Reminds us of: Kareem doesn’t quite carry as much bulk on his frame at the same stage, but Kareem is similar to 2015 ESPN 300 DE and current Tennessee defender Kyle Phillips. Both defenders have good size, first-step quickness and ability to be disruptive yet still with room to get more from their abilities and grow as players.

How the class is shaping up: Kareem is the sixth ESPN 300 commitment in Notre Dame's No. 20-rated 2016 class. The emphasis has been along the offensive line with players such as Liam Eichenberg, Tommy Kraemer and Parker Boudreaux, all ESPN 300 talents. Additionally, 6-foot-5, 215-pound Canadian wide receiver Chase Claypool may have the most upside in the Irish's class.