Measurables: 6’4″, 245 lbs.
Accolades: Semper Fidelis All-American, consensus Top 250 recruit, 2015 MLive Detroit Defensive Player of the Year, first-team All-State.
Impressive Offers: Alabama, Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, Stanford
Projected Position: Strongside defensive end
Quick Take: Another one of the Midwest’s top recruits, Kareem is another potential solution at defensive end. Physically impressive with room to grow, if Hayes projects as a future weakside pass rusher, Kareem looks like an anchor on the strong side.
Once committed to Alabama, Kareem decided to play his college football closer to home and chose the Irish over a slew of impressive options. With the Irish looking for a next generation of defensive linemen to replace standouts like Sheldon Day, Jarron Jones, Romeo Okwara and Isaac Rochell, Kareem is an easy candidate to put at the front of the line.
What he means to the Irish: Kareem could be the heir apparent to Isaac Rochell, a big athletic kid who could be an immediate performer for the Irish defensive front. Capable of developing as a pass rusher with good length, an extra semester in the weight room could be a huge advantage for Kareem, a natural athlete who is just starting to understand his physical potential.
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