Recruiting: Michigan lineman Drew Kraatz joins 2018 class

West Point has topped Drew Kraatz’s college list since the eighth grade.

When Army assistant coach Tucker Waugh offered the Standish-Sterling (Mich.) junior lineman earlier this week, Kraatz wasted little time pledging to West Point. Kraatz committed to Army Thursday.

“I got offered two days before,” said Kraatz, who is 6-foot-6 and 240 pounds. “I was pretty excited. My parents wanted me to wait until Friday so I could think about it. Why even wait because I was going to go here any way. My mind has been made up for four years now.”

What attracted Kraatz to West Point in eighth grade?

“I always wanted to have a career in the military,” Kraatz said. “They combine the career in the military with second-to-none academics and that just appealed to me.”

Kraatz is the first Army commit from Michigan since linebacker Elijah Anglin in 2013. Anglin attended Army Prep and will be a senior at Howard University this fall.

Army added a versatile lineman to its 2018 class. Kraatz started his sophomore and junior seasons on the defensive line and was a starting tackle last season.

“When I talked to the coach, he asked me which one I would prefer and I said, ‘it does not matter to me because I can do both pretty well.’ For what I hearing, I’m going to be playing offensive line.”

Kraatz attended an Army prospect camp last summer and was the named the top underclassman defensive lineman. The camp was Kraatz’s first visit to West Point.

“The campus was beautiful,” Kraatz said. “I saw the athletic facilities, the campus and heard more in depth about the academics. I was like, ‘I know for sure that I want to go here.’

Kraatz said he’s received interest from some Ivy League school and was on the recruiting list of Miami (Ohio).

“Army was the the first one to offer and they were my first choice any way,” Kraatz said. “I just love the camaraderie and the intensity that have going into game. It amazes me and I want to experience that.”

2018 commits (4)
CB Khalil Fleming, 5-11, 163, Northshore HS, Slidell, La.
QB Walter Harris, 6-1, 190, Northshore HS, Slidell, La.
DL Tim Kater, 6-3, 265, Steelton-Highspire HS, Steelton, Pa.: Brother of former Army tight end Kelvin White.
OL Drew Kraatz, 6-6, 240, Standish-Sterling HS, Standish, Mich.

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