Nick Krimin, who is one of New Jersey’s top junior linemen, committed to Rutgers in February. He is quickly becoming one of the cornerstones of the Knights’ highly anticipate 2016 Dream Team.
Although still learning the game, the 6-6, 305-pounder is big, strong, athletic and has all the essential tools for him to grow into one of the Big Ten’s best.
Hence, why Rutgers fans were a bit uneasy when rumors arose that Krimin had taken junior day visits to Duke two weeks ago, and Penn State last weekend, though the Nittany Lions have yet to offer.
Head coach Casey Ransone of St. Joseph High School in Metuchen, confirmed the visits, but strongly believes there’s no cause for concern, stating Krimin is solidly committed to Rutgers.
“He made the decision to go to Rutgers. He’s not gonna de-commit, in my opinion,” Ransone said. “He’s very happy there, he’s so comfortable there. I think he just wanted to take those visits to kind of evaluate other schools just to confirm his decision to go to Rutgers. I don’t necessarily see anything wrong with that. He hasn’t visited any other schools prior to making that commitment to Rutgers. I think he just wanted to kind of go and see what the other schools are and kind of confirm this is definitely where I want to go and I made the right decision. There is no doubt in my mind that he made the right decision and he’s comfortable there, so I don’t think Rutgers’ fans or anybody has to worry about that.
“And I understand their concern when the see that. With the way things go nowadays, kids de-commit and say they are going here or there. I don’t think Nick Krimin is that kind of kid based on the conversations that I’ve had with him. He’s very comfortable with his decision and he has told me, ‘There is really no chance of me de-committing.’ So I don’t think there is really anything to worry about.”
Ransone says Krimin’s visits to Duke and Penn State were scheduled prior to his Rutgers commitment.
“These visits he had planned prior to committing to Rutgers, so it’s not like he went and made these appointments to go visit or scheduled these visits after he committed to Rutgers,” he said. “These things were already scheduled. He planed on going to them prior to his commitment. And that might have also played a role too, that he made a commitment to go see those schools and he wanted to honor that commitment and evaluate them, but there is no reason for concern.”
Krimin, the No. 18 recruit in the NJ.com Top 50, plays with good flexibility, balance and agility. He displays good initial quickness and the ability to reach block the defensive end.
Also, he competes with a good base and the type of leg drive that allows for him to sustain contact. He runs well and is an efficient down-field blocker, but stands out most during pass protection downs.
Krimin currently has two years of football experience going into his senior year.