Kassem Changes to N.C. State

Ali Kassem

ASA college (Brooklyn) offensive lineman Ali Kassem is now committed to North Carolina State after committing to Rutgers earlier in the day.

ASA college (Brooklyn) offensive lineman Ali Kassem will always remember the final few days of his recruitment, because it turned beyond crazy.

It should end, though, with him signing with North Carolina State.

A few hours after committing to Rutgers, the 6-foot-7, 280-pound Kassem decided to go with North Carolina and committed there.

"Yes, he committed to North Carolina State," ASA coach Dennis Orlando said. "He will be at North Carolina State." It comes after a confusing 24-hour period in which Kassem concluded his official visit to North Carolina State on Sunday, flew back to his school, then bused to his home in Cincinnati.

"I love the coaches and the players," Kassem said. "The facilities and campus was top notch. I felt right at home and I'm just so happy to be part of the Wolfpack."

He said Monday morning he would wait until signing day before making a decision, but committed to Rutgers a few hours later. He had visited Rutgers the week prior, and he said he spoke to coaches from both schools Monday.

However, after speaking to North Carolina State's coaching staff, Kassem decided he wanted to be with the Wolfpack. It comes after a very good official visit, which included a Sunday meeting with coach Dave Doeren and offensive line coach Mike Uremovich.

"It was good meeting," Kassem said. "They were saying they want me. They were telling me why I should come to North Carolina State."

The visit began Friday with the usual meeting up with the coaching staff and other recruits, and a tour of the facilities.

"Coach Doeren gave us a speech on what he was going to do with the program, and then we had dinner and then when we went out with our hosts," Kassem said. "Saturday morning, we went to the academic building and had breakfast and each of us met with an academic advisor and they told us how things were done.

"They were telling me it was pretty easy to get into my major (accounting) and transfer my credits, so that was good."

Kassem was hosted by Andy Jomantas, and the two hit it off. He also met with plenty of players inside the program, and that also went well.

"They're all cool," Kassem. "They're good guys and they really care about the program."

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