Name: Ross Krautman
Hometown: Franklin Lakes, NJ
High School: Ramapo HS
2012 Stats: His field goal percentage dropped to 65.2% in 2012, but he's maintained a positive outlook.
2013 Projections: He'll keep his starting spot, it appears. Shafer has been all about him at camp.
How'd He Get Here?: He declined an offer from Miami (OH).
What'd Scout/Rivals Say?: Two stars from both. I feel like I copy and paste that on every single one of these...
Money Quote: From back when he committed to Syracuse:
"Syracuse was always my dream school since I was little," Krautman said. "My older brother Ricky, I went to his games as a young kid at the Carrier Dome. Going to the Carrier Dome is unbelievable. To be able to kick in that stadium is awesome. I always wanted to go there and kick. Seeing him kick int he Carrier Dome was cool. I always wanted to there. I'm always repping the Syracuse gear with my friends. Besides that, Syracuse is a great academic school. It's hard to get into. Loved the facilities. I feel like it's a great fit for me."
What Does Shafer Think: That Ross is "the guy" this year, despite some competition from sophomore, Ryan Norton.
"I think Ross is definitely the established placekicker for us. We always want to invite that competition, but really I think Ross is the guy."
Interesting Nugget O'Interest: Another family connection in 'Cuse, it seems. From 2003-2005, his older brother, Ricky, was a kicker for the Orange before transferring to Richmond.
Let Us Get a Good Look Atchya: Kickers making tackles just doesn't get old.