Illinois Lands Missouri Tight End

Missouri's J.R. Kraemer gave Ron Turner and the University of Illinois his verbal commitment. Kraemer talks about his verbal commitment and which position he'll play for Illinois.

There were several top prospects in attendance for the April Nike Camp held in Ann Arbor, Michigan and there were also some pleasant surprises.

One of those surprises was tight end J.R. Kraemer. The 6-foot-5, 215-pounder from Wildwood (MO) Lafayette stood out in all drills and he drew high praise from several college recruiters that were in attendance.

Kraemer is a three-year varsity member, two-year varsity starter. He plays tight end, safety and he punts for Lafayette as well.

J.R. Kraemer has given the University of Illinois a verbal commitment. Kansas and Purdue also offered scholarships. Why did J.R. pick the Fighting Illini?

"I visited Illinois and felt very comfortable," said Kraemer. "I liked the campus, the coaches and the city (Champaign-Urbana).

"I camped at Illinois during the summer and hit it off with the coaches. I want to play tight end in college and that's what I'm going to play at Illinois.

"My official visit will be December 5th."

Extra Point - Solid athlete. I thought Kraemer looked solid at the Ann Arbor Nike Camp. Some coaches in attendance felt J.R. wasn't big enough to play tight end and not fast enough to play wide receiver. The old tweener adage was why Kraemer didn't have more scholarship offers than he did. I feel that Illinois is getting a solid football player who could contribute to the Fighting Illini football program after taking a (red) shirt.

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