Rutgers on Top for Kraut

Duncan U. Fletcher (Daytona Beach, Fla.) fullback Jacob Kraut has momentum going into next week's unofficial visit to Rutgers with the Scarlet Knights as his leading option. Kraut discussed how he fits into a pro-style offense and what makes Rutgers an attractive choice.

Jacob Kraut wants to find a college that values the fullback position as much as Duncan U. Fletcher (Daytona Beach, Fla.) and sees many of the same traits at Rutgers. Kraut named Rutgers his leader going into next week's visit with a lot of excitement about seeing the campus.

"I think, for sure, Rutgers is my No. 1 pick right now," Kraut said. "The relationship I have with coach [Ron] Prince and him being the offensive coordinator is big. I really like their offense and he seems like a guy that's going to treat you right. He's not going to just tell you a bunch of stuff and do something else. Their offense seems like a great fit."

Kraut has no set decision date, nor feels the pressure to do something this summer but said a compelling Rutgers visit could speed things up. Kraut visits June 19.

"I'd like to do some official visits, but I don't know," Kraut said. "If I find that I get up there and I fall in love with the place and it's the right spot, I could easily make my decision."

Prince, the former Kansas State head coach, values the fullback and that relationship has been the driving force behind Kraut's strong Rutgers interest.

"It's a pretty good relationship," Kraut said. "He's been recruiting me since about the first week of spring football and we talk all the time on Facebook and stuff. I've talked to him for like an hour on the phone, just about how they're going to use me in the offense and what it's like there and what their offense is. It seems like a really good fit for me."

Rutgers since its development into a national program is known for producing fullbacks. Starting with Brian Leonard, who became a second-round pick and local idol, Rutgers has one of the best in the American Athletic Conference in Michael Burton.

The Scarlet Knights also sent former fullback Jack Corcoran to an NFL free agency deal and FB/HB Joe Martinek to the New York Giants camp last year.

"I think it can be a great spot and make for fun games and stuff like that," Kraut said. "I like the way they run their offense and the way they idolize their fullback in the offense.

"I can catch the ball pretty much when it's thrown to me and I can run the ball and make plays out of the backfield. I do what you need out of a fullback, just create holes and drive the offense. That's about all you can ask for out of being a fullback."

Kraut recently returned from a visit to FIU and has offers from Western Kentucky, Middle Tennessee, Maryland and Troy.

Highlighted by the offensive scheme, Kraut has a good idea of what he wants in a school and it starts with comfort.

"You want to find guys that you really like," Kraut said. "You want to find your school where you feel and home and you like the campus and you like the players and you just feel good. Overall, it's really about how you're going to fit in the offense and how much you're going to be playing."

Rutgers and Prince won Kraut on its scheme but seeing the campus next week is a key step.

"To be honest, I don't really know everything to expect," he said. "I just want to see the campus and the facilities and meet the people. I just want to meet coach [Kyle] Flood and the players and all of that. I know a good bit about it, but you can always learn more. That's for sure."


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