Kraut Goes In-Depth on Rutgers Commitment

Duncan Fletcher (Neptune Beach, Fla.) fullback Jacob Kraut verbally committed to Rutgers Thursday afternoon during an unofficial visit. Kraut is the second commitment of the day and 17th in the 2014 recruiting class.

For Duncan Fletcher (Neptune Beach, Fla.) fullback fullback Jacob Kraut, Rutgers was an offer he could not refuse. Finding the right mix of family and football, day two of Kraut's four-day New Jersey vacation ended with a verbal commitment.

"The whole visit as a whole was awesome," Kraut said. "It was seeing how strongly they felt about my potential as a player and my potential as someone in their offense that they'd actually use. They have competition. I have to beat guys out and to work for playing time and success. I feel like I'll be utilized in the right ways."

A fullback and grinder, finding the right type of offense was a challenge in the process for Kraut. After time with Rutgers offensive coordinator Ron Prince, however, he knew it was the right fit for him as a football player.

"Some schools aren't even recruiting fullbacks or using them at all," Kraut said. "At some places, I might see three or four plays a game. With these guys, they actually believe in the position and believe in me as one. The biggest thing is that I have a long way to go from home, but as soon as you get there, all of the players treat you like family. They're there for you right away."

Kraut spent time with Rutgers starting fullback Michael Burton during his visit. Burton came to Rutgers four years ago as a walk-on from North Jersey and projects as one of the best in the conference at his position in 2013.

"I spent time with Michael Burton and he was great to talk to but we only spent a little time together," he said. "I was very busy meeting all of the academic advisers and all that stuff today. I don't leave New Jersey until Saturday, so I'll probably see some more of them around."

Academics are important to Kraut, who said he was blown away by the opportunities and challenges presented by Rutgers.

"Everything as a whole really stood out to me," he said. "It's going to be a hard degree to acquire from Rutgers and one that's going to take a lot of work. The academic support that they give you and the advisers, it's like one big family. They all just want to see you succeed and do well. It's exciting to be a part of something where they all really care about you."

The 6-foot, 235-pound Kraut is a pro-style fullback and will be one of four on scholarship for the Scarlet Knights next season. He chose Rutgers over offers from Maryland, Auburn, Western Kentucky and Troy.

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