Cornerback, Class of 2023
West Orange, West Orange, NJ
Even with 23 scholarship offers, West Orange (NJ) three-star cornerback Saboor Karriem isn’t in a rush. And despite programs like Virginia Tech, Maryland, Louisville and West Virginia included in that list, he said he’s giving everyone a fair shake.
Karriem, the No. 19 player in New Jersey for the 2023 according to Rivals, was busy this spring with numerous visits. In April, he visited the Hokies, along with Wake Forest, Penn State and Howard. Each stop gave him plenty to digest, but also confirmed his thought process of remaining open to any school that comes into the picture.
“I want a great education, some place I can set up life beyond football,” Karriem told Tech Sideline. “I wanna play big football on a big stage and be around good people that remind me of myself that I can envision myself becoming.”
On April 16, Karriem was on hand for Virginia Tech’s spring game. That marked his first visit to Blacksburg, and he left with plenty to consider.
“That’s a good college town and the atmosphere for the spring game was crazy,” Karriem said. “The defensive staff really likes me and told me I have multiple chances to play positions on the field. Coach [Brent] Pry is a good dude. Everyone has different styles. They’re stern guys and they’ll discipline you, but they’ll love you like their child.
“Coach Pry lights up the room. He set the conversation up on a more casual level.”
Safeties coach Pierson Prioleau has been the Hokies’ primary recruiter for the New Jersey product.
“He’s come up to the school a few times and said he enjoyed my tape,” Karriem said. “They recruit the hardest. It’s a good relationship. They’re really straight forward, believe in my ability and my talent. They told me I can come in and make an immediate impact on the team.”
Overall, Karriem said he liked the feel he got from his in-person stop in Blacksburg, including from the current players he met with.
“Virginia Tech definitely has my eye, still,” Karriem said. “It’s not far from home, but being six-plus hours, I don’t think that’s uncomfortable knowing the people I’d be around. I met a few Jersey guys there too. Just talking to them, like Tahj Bullock, he’s there. It’s not like I’m going anywhere foreign.”
The following weekend, April 23, Karriem was at Penn State for its spring game. The Nittany Lions have yet to make a scholarship offer, but he said he’s still hopeful one will come.
“Happy Valley is crazy,” Karriem said. “It’s a great atmosphere up there. The fanfare just for the spring game was like, ‘wow.’ It shows how the community responds to the football team. Not just the players and families, but the student body lives through the football program as well. It’s a good program, good people up there.”
During his spring break, which fell between his visits to Virginia Tech and Penn State, Karriem saw a pair of other schools. On April 18, he visited Howard, where he has a connection.
“That’s a great school, my mom’s alma mater,” Karriem said. “It’s a special place in her heart. They’re building something big down there, moving up in divisions. They’re trying to build the brand, how Howard is looked at. HBCUs are getting a lot of attention in football, and it has a great education. I’m interested in the school of business, so types of relationships you’ll have is good to know.”
On April 22, Karriem made his first visit to Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons impressed him in a few ways, both on and off the field. Dave Clawson’s staff is one of a handful of ACC schools that have offered Karriem.
“That’s a good school, a private school, so a smaller environment,”...
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