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February 6, 2013

Letter of intent No. 15: Ali Kassem

Ali Kassem
Offensive lineman
Cincinnati, Ohio/ASA College in Brooklyn, N.Y.
6-foot-6, 350 pounds

Stats: Helped running back Hosey Williams rush for 1,269 yards this past season.

Ratings: Considered a two-star recruit, the No. 29 junior college offensive tackle in the country and No. 6 JUCO product from the state of New York by 24/7 Sports … Coming out of Cincinnati Moeller High in 2010 was regarded as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com and the No. 152 offensive tackle in the nation by ESPN.

Honors/accomplishments: Named all-conference in 2012 … Started seven games at right guard and four at right tackle last fall … Was first-team All-Greater Catholic League as a senior at Moeller.

Recruitment: Kassem originally enrolled at Western Michigan in 2010, but he left the school the following spring. After taking a year off, he matriculated to ASA College and saw his stock rise. Kassem took official visits to Rutgers (Jan. 25) and NC State (Feb. 1), his two finalists. After returning home from Raleigh, Kassem decided to commit to Rutgers Feb. 4, only to change his mind literally hours later and pledge for the Wolfpack.

Recruiter of record: Offensive line coach Mike Uremovich.

2013 projection: Kassem will compete for a starting job along the offensive line, probably at guard. The bigger question is will he be a sophomore or junior. He enrolls with two years to play two but will petition the NCAA to be classified as a redshirt sophomore since he did not play anywhere in 2011.

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