Virginia football announced another early signee on Thursday (December 20), revealing offensive lineman Kariem Al Soufi as officially part of its class of 2019. Al Soufi gives the Hoos 21 signees, including four offensive line prospects, during Division 1 Football’s Early Signing Period.
Al Soufi, who attends Friedrich-Spree Gesamtschule High School in Paderborn, Germany, was part of a European contingent of players who traveled to the United States last spring for the “DreamChasers” tour. The tour, organized by former professional player Brandon Collier, brings talented European prospects to the United States to showcase their talents on college campuses.
Florida and Virginia were among the stops on “DreamChasers” in 2018. Al Soufi claimed scholarship offers from both schools and received interest from Georgia before committing to the Wahoos last June. Quarterback Luke Wentz, a teammate of Al Soufi’s on the Paderborn Dolphins, was also part of the tour and has verbally committed to Virginia. Wentz won’t sign early because he is awaiting a test score (per Collier); however, he is expected to sign with the Cavaliers during the Regular Signing Period in February.
In this EDGE article, Collier described the 6’4”, 350-pound Al Soufi as “a kid that is just dominant. Every camp that we attended he was the best lineman and he was a no-brainer. He is just a straight road-grader who can move.”
Al Soufi, a consensus 3-star prospect, joins Rivals.com 4-star Ja’Quay Hubbard, Jonathan Leech and Zachary Teter as the four offensive linemen in Virginia’s class of 2019. Coach Mendenhall said during his Early Signing Period press conference on Wednesday (December 19) that he was pleased with the class overall as is, but he acknowledged he is open to the idea of adding a graduate transfer, specifically mentioning the offensive line and wide receiver positions.
— Garett Tujague (@Coach2J) December 20, 2018
I don’t care what any recruiting company ranking this kid, he is a 5 ⭐️ Recruit and the best Guard in the class of 2019! I seen him dominate every American kid this pass summer and this kid will make an instant impact at UVA! This was the biggest steal of the class mark my words https://t.co/tnzRgOYKTA
— Brandon Collier (@BCollier56) December 20, 2018