Oregon Athlete Looks to Improve His Stock

The state of Oregon’s top ball hawk from last year Austin Kramer is not only looking to stack the scholarship offers, but is aiming to show his competition that athletes in the Beaver State can ball.

Kramer, who doubles as a playmaking wide receiver and energetic safety for Central Point (Ore.) Crater High currently holds one offer from Cornell. But the way he plays makes him look like a prospect who can collect offers from Mountain West and PAC-12 programs.

As it is, he plays on a club team, E Force Football, that is loaded with guys who think they’re overlooked by spectators outside of their home state.

We have some unbelievable players,” Kramer said. “We got nine or 10 PAC-12 offers on this team. We have the best in Oregon and the best in Washington. We’re the kings.”

Kramer and E Force last appeared at Passing Down’s Northern California Regional on April 10 at Chabot College in Hayward. Kramer emerged as one of the top possession targets for Washington State commit Connor Neville.

In shoulder pads and helmet, Kramer runs crisp routes, beats one-on-one coverages with ease, can high point a football and becomes a demolishing run blocker.

Regarding his strengths, Kramer said: “I’m good at gaining speed as I’m going downfield. I get out of my stance fast. I go up for the ball and catch it. I’ve got a lot of college football coaches telling me that I use my hands a lot. Also like playing safety, as I led the state in interceptions last season with seven.”

The state recognized him for his accomplishments, handing him All-State second team honors at both receiver and safety.

Outside of Cornell, Kramer says other Ivy League schools and Montana State have shown interest. He adds he’s visited Oregon State and Boise State during the spring.

Still, he and the rest of his Oregon crew are out looking for respect and recognition as they continue their recruiting path.

We get slept on all the time,” Kramer said. “I feel like we have some good dudes out here and they don’t get enough credit. But that’s why we’re out here [at different tournaments] trying to compete and trying to show who’s the best.”

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