After leading his team to a State Championship, Lowell senior offensive lineman Connor Kruse will…
Kruse Picking Up Steam
Lowell High School (Mich.) has been one of the state's top programs over the past few years. Head coach Noel Dean has made the Red Arrows a perennial playoff team. Throughout that time, the school has put several players in the college ranks. This year, offensive lineman Connor Kruse looks like he will be the next to take his game from Friday nights in Lowell, to Saturday. "Right now I have one offer from Western Michigan," the 6'4, 280-lb Kruse reported, "They offered me during the school year, about three weeks before school got out." In addition, Kruse has interest from Ball State, Central Michigan, Purdue and Michigan State. He has camped with all of those schools except MSU, who he will head to camp with in July. "The Purdue camp went really well," he said, "I talked to Coach Rock afterwards, he's the recruiter for my area and they are definitely interested. They said they just want to see me play in some football games this fall, because I guess with linemen, it is harder to tell in camps." The same can me said of the Chippewas of CMU, who got to see Kruse in action at their camp. "It went pretty well. I talked to Coach Mahoney after it. He and I get along pretty well. We got to talk and they said the same thing some of these other schools said, they want to see me during the year." On July 11th, Kruse will be at Michigan State, a school he has had some contact with. "They haven't told me what they want to see at camp, but they send me letters every week or every two weeks. They are mostly about the coaches and getting to know them. Every once in awhile, I call Coach Roushar, but we don't talk about football, we mostly talk about life." Part of how Kruse's name has been getting out is his performance at the NIKE camp in Illinois, where he went up against Spartan commitment William Gholston and won the battles. Still, he says some of the internet banter about that day has misrepresented him. "I'm not going to like, Gholston is really good," Kruse explained, "He went in there being rated really high and I wasn't really noticed but I got to go against him. I beat him, but I'm not saying I kicked his a** like it says on the internet." Has the publicity from that helped his recruiting? "Not really," he admitted, "It was almost too late, because now colleges can't calle me, but some of them have said they heard about it." With continued performances like that though, there is no doubt Kruse will continue to rise up recruiting boards.
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