Jacob Kraut has plenty of size, and he plans to check in at 245 pounds when he arrives to the fullback ranks at Rutgers in late June. A top-rated fullback in the 2014 recruiting class, Kraut says he is ready to crack helmets at the college level.
"I'm pumped on starting college, and I'm pumped about big time football," Kraut said. "I want to really further my education. The biggest step is moving into the Big Ten and playing with all of the big boys of college football. I'm ready for that.
"I'm pretty excited to match up against Big Ten linebackers, and some of the best players in the country. I love the challenge."
Kraut fell in love with Rutgers during a summer official visit, and quickly made a commitment. A big part of that, Kraut said, was his experience meeting with Michael Burton.
Burton enters his third year as a starter after walking onto the program. He projects to mentor Kraut and the future of the position.
"I see myself spending a ton of time with Michael Burton," Kraut said. "I know they're going to be playing the heck out of Michael Burton this year. I'd love to steal a couple of reps from him here and there. Really, I just want to get in there my freshman year and learn from him."
Kraut comes from the same area as early-enrolled freshman Kam Lott, who has given his first Rutgers semester positive reviews.
"All of the guys love it," Kraut said. "Everyone I've talked to loves it. The team motto is family, and Kam is telling me that's exactly what it feels like."
Kraut finished his schoolwork at Neptune Beach (Fla.) Duncan Fletcher, and said he is set for Rutgers.
He received a nice surprise during his final month at Fletcher, when Rutgers associate head coach Norries Wilson visited the school for spring evaluation. Wilson offered 2015 receiver Kalif Jackson, who has Kraut already in his ear about the Scarlet Knights.
"I think it's great," Kraut said. "Coach Wilson dropped by to see them work out, and I got to talk to him for a while. I think it's great that they're continuing to recruit the area. I've already told Kalif a lot about Rutgers, and that he should definitely give them a look."