On Wednesday he made his second SEC visit of the week. The 5-11, 240-pound class of 2014 prospect from Fletcher High School made the trip to Auburn to check out the opening day of spring drills for Coach Gus Malzahn's Tigers.
Kraut was making a return trip to Auburn. "I came last season for the LSU game so this was my second time in Auburn," he said.
The fullback pointed out that he liked the game-day atmosphere on the Plains. "That was a great experience, that's for sure," he said.
On his second trip he toured campus and met with Auburn coaches in addition to watching practice. "It was beautiful, awesome," he said when talking about the campus and facilities. "Everything was awesome. Seeing the new athletic dorms and everything is cool.
"Auburn has a great weight room and the indoor facility is awesome," he added. "There is just a whole bunch of cool stuff there."
On spring break this week he made the trip to Auburn with his parents after checking out the University of Florida earlier in the week. "It was a nice trip," Kraut said. "I liked pretty much everything. It is the same as Auburn. It's an SEC school that is beautiful and there is just top-notch everything--weight room, practice facilities, everything."
Scott Fountain is the coach recruiting Kraut for Auburn. "He said that they are pretty interested and they are looking to get a fullback for the 2014 season and now that Prosch (senior Jay Prosch) is leaving they need a true fullback guy instead of just a tight end type series guy," Kraut said.
The prospect describes himself as an old-school, power fullback who likes to block and run over defenders. Right now he said he is open on his college choice.
"We will see who is really interested, what offers we get and wherever I'm going to see some playing time on the field," he said. "That is really all it comes down to."
Commenting on Auburn, Kraut said, "I like that they run the ball a good bit and running I get to hit people a lot running the counter and running the power."
Kraut saw his first varsity action as a freshman and will go into his senior year with two full seasons of starting experience.
The prospect said he does not know his statistics, but said he averaged around nine yards per carry as a junior. "They let me run the ball, probably five carries a game," he said. "They give me the ball a good bit over at Fletcher. Hopefully, at the college level I'll get to run like that, too."