Krimin has only two years of football experience, and he already built himself into a 6-foot-6, 300-pound future Big Ten offensive tackle. And despite his inexperience, Krimin brings a lot to the table in the eyes of his head coach.
“He’s a kid whose best football is ahead of him,” said St. Joe’s coach Casey Ransone. “He’s an incredible kid. He’s going to provide the character you’re looking for in a program that does things the correct way. I know how much coach [Kyle] Flood believes in those things. Besides that, I think they’re getting a kid who is going to be scary when you think about what he’s going to look like when he’s 21 years old.”
The three-star Krimin is the second offensive line commitment for Rutgers’ 2016 class alongside Ted Field. He is also the second commitment from Middlesex County, joining South Brunswick receiver Mohamed Jabbie.
“We’re a young football program, and it’s exciting for both us and Rutgers,” said Ransone, whose team sits just seven miles from High Point Solutions Stadium. “He gets to stay close to home and play Big Ten football, get great academics, get coached up by a great staff. We have a lot of respect for them, and we’re starting to develop a nice relationship. We’ve had two kids in two years since I took over the program go to become a Rutgers Scarlet Knight. That’s great.”
With the other being walk-on kicker Michael Cintron, the relationship between Rutgers and the newly formed St. Joe’s football program began on the right foot.
Krimin approached double-digit offers at the time of his commitment, but Rutgers was his first offer nearly a year ago.
The South Amboy, N.J., native packed on nearly 30 pounds since then and has another year of varsity experience under his belt.
“He has such impressive physical attributes at such a young age and it’s something I haven’t really seen,” Ransone said. “I think as he progresses, the sky is the limit. He’s going to become one heck of a Big Ten football player and hopefully beyond that on Sundays. With that being said, he’s also a kid that understands he has a long way to go to become the best football player that he can be. He’s still learning.”
Krimin remains green at the position, and his biggest need for technical improvement is in his stance, where he comes out too often and needs to play lower, Ransone said.
“That’s natural for a big kid who hasn’t played much football,” Ransone said. “With that being said, he does an incredible job with his pass protection. He has very good footwork. He moves incredibly well for a kid his size, and he has those long arms and plays with leverage well. When he does get you in a run block, you’re going for a ride.”