Rick Krautman, 5-9, 183, K, 4.7, Ramapo HS
Why did you chose Syracuse?
"First of all Syracuse has a great tradition of football, it is close to home, I have taken in the Dome. They have a great tradition of kickers. They came into the pictures a few weeks ago and it was a great opportunity to play for a team with such a great tradition."
Who did you have offers from?
"Rutgers and Hofstra. I was planning to go on an official visit to Marshall this weekend but when Syracuse offered I just took it. Marshall told me that they would definitely offer if they liked me."
What are your stats this year?
"I am 6 for 9 on field goals. I am 35 for 36 on extra points and I have 244 kicking points for my career and 40 touchbacks this year."
How solid is this commitment?
"It's definitely solid. I have been to Syracuse 3 or 4 times. My family can come to my games, so when the time comes I will sign with Syracuse. It has been my dream to go to Syracuse since I was little."
Will you still take anymore visits?
"No, I will definitely not take any visits other than Syracuse. I will take an official visit with Syracuse on December 14th and that will be all."
Last year Rick was:
Associated Press 3rd Team All-State (junior)
Star Ledger 1st Team All-State (Group 3 Schools) (junior)
1st Team All North Jersey (junior)
1st Team Star Ledger All Bergen County (junior)
1st Team All County (Coaches)
1st Team WGHT Radio All Area (junior)
1st Team Ridgewood News All Suburban (junior)
He is considered to be the top place kicker in the State of New Jersey and one of the tops in the nation. He holds the New Jersey state record for most points by a kicker in a career.
Ricky was named the top kicker in the nation by Prep Star Magazine.
Mike Fasano: MikeFasano@comcast.net