COLUMBUS—Notre Dame commitment Tommy Kraemer had just one goal when he attended The Opening Regional at Ohio State on Sunday. The 6-foot-5, 306-pounder from Elder High School in Cincinnati was focused on earning an invitation to The Opening Finals in Oregon later this summer.
After a grueling four hours of camp, Kraemer was one of 10 athletes to leave with that golden ticket.
“It feels great,” Kraemer said. “I came out, worked my butt off and got the invite, so it feels real good.”
Offensive line coach LeCharles Bentley saw a lot of positives in Kraemer, who worked out at left tackle then moved to right tackle in the last round of the one-on-ones.
“He’s very coachable,” Bentley said. “He’s the typical Ohio kid. He’s tough, smart and wants to be a good football player. He’s got a bright future if he stays healthy and all those things. He’s going to a good school in Notre Dame where he’s got a good coach up there that’s going to mold him. He’s the type of guy you want to work with because he’s so into it. He just really wants to be good.”
Kraemer has been known as a mauler but he displayed solid technique in pass protection as well.
“He stoned Prince Sammons, who was one of the more highly recruited defensive linemen here, twice,” said Scout.com Midwest analyst Allen Trieu. “He plays with that kind of demeanor you like to see in an offensive lineman. Coming from Elder, a school that’s known for maybe more smash mouth football, it’s good to see him in this setting and to see what he does in pass pro and he did really well. He’s our highest ranked guy in the Midwest and in Ohio and I saw nothing today to diminish that.”
The one-on-ones let Kraemer showcase his skills against several speedy defensive ends.
He dominated Sammons and held his own against Ohio State commitment Jonathon Cooper. The two went head-to-head in the first round of the one-on-one finals. Cooper won the first rep and Kraemer took the second. The third was a close win for Cooper.
“He’s really good,” Kraemer said. “He got me twice but I got him once. I can’t wait to compete against him in July.”
In the next round, Kraemer moved from the left side to the right and was just as dominant.
“That was good,” he said. “It’s always good to be versatile and play different positions. It felt good. I was happy with it.”