Kramme Weighs Options After Iowa Official

Isaiah Kramme spent this past weekend officially visiting Iowa. The in-state prospect now must decide if he wants to walk-on with the Hawkeyes or Iowa State or accept a partial scholarship from Northern Iowa. He talked with HI about his decision.

Isaiah Kramme is closing in on a decision. It won't be an easy one.

The safety/wide receiver from Ankeny (IA) Centennial High must choose between a partial scholarship from Northern Iowa and preferred walk-on opportunities from Iowa and Iowa State. Kramme is set to officially visit Ames this week after logging an official to Iowa City this past weekend.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Kramme recently accepted a 75 percent scholarship from UNI. He's since decided to look into the possibility of earning a ride to one of the state's bigger schools.

"So far, it's been pretty stressful," he said. "It's hard trying to decide what school you're going to be at for the next five years. It's a big decision."

Kramme played quarterback for Centennial. He passed and rushed for more than a 1,000 yards and totaled 22 touchdowns as a senior. He also recorded 20 tackles and the INA named him third-team all-state as a defensive back.

Iowa is recruiting Kramme as a safety. ISU and UNI think he can play wide receiver or defensive back.

"The position really isn't a big deal for me," he said. "It won't factor into my decision."

Quite a few FCS programs sent letters to Kramme, he said. He was invited to camps at Louisville and Army.

"I didn't really consider anything else. I narrowed it down to the three (instate schools) pretty early," he said.

Kramme attended four Hawkeye games this fall, three at ISU and one at UNI.

"I think I have a good feel for all of the schools," he said. "I've gotten to know the coaches and players at all of them. They've all shown a lot of interest."

Kramme must weigh being offered by UNI against paying his way and trying to earn a scholarship at the FBS institutions.

"The scholarship is a factor, especially for the family," he said. "It also shows a commitment and that the (Panther) coaches believe in me. But the Iowa and Iowa State coaches have been straight with me and told me how much they believe I can play there.

"The scholarship is a factor but it won't be the deciding factor. It's more about me finding the place I feel most comfortable and is the right fit for me."

The Hawkeyes have enjoyed success with their walk-on program. Former walk-ons Mark Weisman and Bo Bower started every game for them this past season.

"That's something I look at," Kramme said. "They're really good at getting a lot out of their walk-ons, especially at safety, for some reason. There's something to be said for walking on and earning what I get. It would put a chip on my shoulder that the guys who get a scholarship right away won't have. It would give me an edge to work for it."


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