Fort Scott (Kansas) C.C. four-star offensive lineman Kareem Are signed with Florida State on Wednesday morning.
"I signed to Florida State," Are told Noles247.com on Wednesday morning.
Are chose Florida State over Penn State. Ole Miss and South Carolina were also in the running up until the end.
The Seminoles were the first team to offer Are. The offer was extended by offensive line coach Rick Trickett during the spring evaluation period.
Near the end of his sophomore season at Fort Scott, Are added multiple offers. He ended up taking official visits to Florida State, Penn State, South Carolina, and Ole Miss.
His official visit to Florida State for the Syracuse game made an impression. During that visit he spent a great deal of time with offensive line coach Rick Trickett. That part of the visit made a strong impression on Are.
“To me it was just Coach (Rick) Trickett,” Are said when asked what stood out the most about his official visit. “He keeps it really real all the time. I know for sure now that if I come here that I am going to be the best player that I can possibly be. A lot of other coaches are going to try to play his guys, but Coach Trickett just keeps it real. I love coaches like that because you know you are going to be the best possible player you can be.
“He told me that I am in a real good position to get playing time if I came there, but he also told me that I have to get stronger in the weight room,” Are added. “Right now I am living off god-given ability. He wants me to catch up in the weight room. That is definitely something I need to do. It was just something that he let me know. He said that if I get caught up in the weight room, that there is a good possibility I could play sooner.”
Trickett wasn’t the only thing that impressed Are.
“The facilities were amazing, the campus is beautiful, it literally looked like a castle, and the dorms where the players stay are really nice,” Are said after the official visit. “The place where the players stay was nicer than anything I’d seen before. They also have beautiful women. It is just a real nice place to be. Everything was impressive to be honest.
“Their academics are up there too,” Are added. “Also, I liked the tradition. I knew a little bit about it but not nearly as much as I learned about it now.”
Are will be an early enrollee at Florida State. He has three years to play two at Florida State.
247Sports.com ranks Are as the No. 36 junior college prospect in the nation and No. 1 offensive guard.