HOUSTON -- A mere 3 years ago, Sonny Dykes was recruiting the 18th rated duel-threat quarterback in the country Jacob Karam of Friendswood, Texas to come direct his offense at the University of Arizona. Karam ultimately signed with Texas Tech. Fast forward to now and Sonny Dykes is the head coach at Louisiana Tech, and Karam may finally be directing his offense after all.
Karam redshirted his first year at Texas Tech and saw very limited action in the following 2. This, along with other unique reasons went into his wanting to transfer from a Red Raider and pursue a new team.
"I wanted to transfer because I graduated in 2 1/2 years and I would be eligible to play immediately," said Karam. "I felt like I needed a fresh new start somewhere and the good part is I could play right away and not have to sit out a year. I wanted to have 2 years to play."
Having just wrapped up a visit to UTEP, Karam will be traveling to Memphis tomorrow for a visit there. Nearby University of Houston is in the mix, and Louisiana Tech rounds out his list of schools he's considering transferring to.
"I think those 4 right now are the ones contacting me the most and I'm considering the ones pursuing me the hardest, so those 4," said Karam. "I would like to take a visit to Louisiana Tech if possible. It's been a dead period for the last couple weeks so it's been hard to get some of that planned, but I would like to get one planned."
Even though Karam's never been to Ruston and doesn't know much about the Bulldogs, there are a lot of factors according him to that make Louisiana Tech a strong contender for his quarterbacking services.
"My uncle went [Louisiana Tech] who's from Oakdale, LA, and he said that it was a beautiful campus and a beautiful stadium," said Karam. "My cousin's dad played at Louisiana Tech, Joe McNeely, played defensive line (LA Tech Hall of Famer 1970-73). I know Terry Bradshaw played there which is pretty cool. He's one of my favorite quarterbacks. What's kind of attractive to me is that Sonny Dykes recruited me out of high school to Arizona and is the head coach and I think the world of him and he's a great guy and he's a fantastic football coach. That's kind of what I know about Louisiana Tech right now."
With Colby Cameron coming up on his senior year and Nick Isham right there waiting to get his starting job back, some may think there's no room on the depth chart for Karam to come in and play. But Dykes is big on competition at all positions, and that's something Karam is looking for.
"I know they've got some talented quarterbacks," said Karam. "They had a great year this year and so it's not a situation over there where I'd just be handed the keys to the program and be handed the job. I would have to come in and compete which I'm not scared of. [Dykes] said he would give me a fair shot at competing so I appreciate him for his offer and I'm gonna consider it and look at it really hard and I've been praying about it a lot and we'll see if I'm suppose to be in Ruston, LA for the next 2 years.
Karam said he expects to have his decision made by January 10th.
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