Two-time all-state defensive tackle Mason Kramer told The Minot Daily News on Thursday evening that he made an oral commitment to play football at St. Cloud State.
The 6-foot, 274-pound Bishop Ryan senior also had offers to play at University of North Dakota, Bemidji State, Minnesota-Moorhead and Minot State University. Kramer said SCSU's winning tradition drew him to the program.
"They went 12-2 last year and one of those losses was in the (NCAA Division II quarterfinals) and the other was to Duluth," Kramer said. "I told myself I wanted to win wherever I went. That was a big (reason)."
Bishop Ryan senior defensive tackle Mason Kramer plans to play football for St. Cloud State in the fall.
Kramer played four years for Ryan, helping turn around a largely struggling program. The Lions reached the Class AA semifinals in 2013 - their best postseason result since 2007. During his senior campaign, Kramer recorded a team-high 111.5 tackles with 24 for loss and three for sacks. He was named the Class AA senior athlete of the year in November and The Minot Daily News' co-player of the year in December.
Ryan fourth-year coach Brad Borkhuis described Kramer as "tenacious and explosive."
"He is relentless in his attack," he said. "He has a motor that just keeps on going."
At SCSU, Kramer said he projects to play as a noseguard or defensive tackle in the Huskies' four-man front.
Borkhuis, who played for current Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference member Bemidji State, calls Kramer a great fit for the conference.
"He'll do well because of the tools he has," Borkhuis said, "but St. Cloud is getting an extra tool with him: his work ethic."