Kraut Talks Commitment

Jacksonville (FL) Fletcher High School fullback Jacob Kraut recently announced his verbal commitment after choosing from Auburn, UAB, Maryland, Western Kentucky, FIU, Rutgers and Georgia Southern.

Jacksonville (FL) Fletcher High School fullback Jacob Kraut had a strong feeling earlier this spring that he had a good idea of which school he would commit to when decision time came. The 6-foot-0 and 245-pound fullback who has offers from Auburn, Georgia Southern, Maryland, Troy, Florida International, UAB and Western Kentucky recently committed to Rutgers.

"I went up for an unofficial visit with my family, we were there from June 19th through June 22nd," said Kraut of the trip that cemented his decision. "I was at Rutgers for four days. The first day after arriving we took a tour of campus. The second day we met with the academic advisors and then I got a chance to meet with Coach Flood (Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood) for the first time. After that I got a chance to hang out and meet some of the players and then got a chance to watch the team workout. It was also my first chance to go to New York City. I went into the city with my parents and sister."

Kraut was most impressed with running backs coach Ron Prince and Coach Flood, as well as how he fit into their offensive system.

"I decided to commit to Rutgers because of Coach Prince and Coach Flood. I was really impressed with Coach Prince when I met him this spring and got the same feeling for Coach Flood once I met him on my unofficial visit," said Kraut. "I fit into what they do offensively with their pro-style offense. There system allows for a lot of opportunities for me to get on the field. Coach Flood and Coach Prince both emphasis success on the field and in the classroom. They want to prepare you for life."

At the end of the day Kraut said it wasn't so much a decision based on choosing one school over the other but was more about the comfort level he had with Rutgers.

"I was also looking at FIU and Western Kentucky because of how I fit into their offenses but I really felt that Rutgers was the best fit for me."

Kraut is a punishing blocker who has the ability run the ball effectively in short yardage situations and also can catch the ball out of the backfield.

Look for more updates on Jacob Kraut as we get closer to the start of the 2013 season.

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