Kraemer wants Haskins on board

Four-star offensive lineman Tommy Kraemer committed to Notre Dame back in October and has been working to help Irish recruiting efforts. He returned to South Bend last weekend to pitch in at Junior Day.

When four-star offensive lineman Tommy Kraemer committed to Notre Dame back in October he vowed to do what he could to help attract even more talent to South Bend.

On Saturday, the 6-foot-5, 310-pounder from Elder High School in Cincinnati attended Junior Day to help that cause.

“It was a great day,” Kraemer said. “It was cool to be there again and see practice and to sit down with (offensive line coach Harry) Hiestand and meet some of my future teammates. It was a good day.”

Kraemer and his father arrived in South Bend around 8:30 a.m. and immediately joined Hiestand in the offensive line meeting before practice.

That gave Kraemer a good look at how Hiestand coaches and what he expects from his players.

“It was cool to see all those guys in their element and everything and see the technique they put into it,” Kraemer said. “It was a good experience for me.”

While the other visiting prospects toured campus, Kraemer and his father remained with Hiestand to analyze film and catch up on football and the other aspects of Kraemer’s life.

“It was great,” Kraemer said. “My dad and I sat in his office for probably two-and-a-half hours just watching tape and working on technique and that kind of stuff. It was a really good time.”

Kraemer joined the rest of the visitors for lunch in the locker room and a stadium tour.

He also sat through the presentations from each of the Irish coaches, including new recruiting coordinator Mike Elston.

“Coach Elston talked to the whole group,” Kraemer said. “I really liked him. It was a new thing. He went through a PowerPoint presentation for about 20 minutes and threw up some stats and stuff like that. He is very well-spoken and gave us some good information. It was good to hear.”

Most importantly, Kraemer mingled with several of the other visitors including top Irish prospects Tony Jones, Dwayne Haskins, Austin Mack and Auston Robertson.

While Kraemer had an idea Jones was close to joining the class, he didn’t know for sure until the news broke later that day.

“I knew he really liked it because I had lunch with him and was talking to him most of the day but he never told me anything. I had an idea but I’m glad he did it,” Kraemer said. “I was talking to a bunch of people up there. It was fun to meet those guys.”

Kraemer wasn’t forceful in his approach in dealing with the other top visitors, especially Haskins, one of the nation’s top quarterbacks.

“He didn’t really say much about (the visit),” Kraemer said. “We just talked about football and that kind of stuff. We didn’t really talk about Notre Dame a whole lot. I hope he joins and I hope he kick starts the class.”

One of the highlights of the trip was meeting new offensive coordinator Mike Sanford.

“He said I’m the building block of our class,” Kraemer said. “I really didn’t talk to him a whole lot about football because he was really busy with the other guys but I really liked him. He seemed like a great guy. It will be cool to get to know him a little bit more.” Top Stories