Elder OL and Notre Dame commit Tommy Kraemer named Gatorade Ohio Player of the Year

Elder OL and Notre Dame commit Tommy Kraemer named Gatorade Ohio Player of the Year

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Elder OL and Notre Dame commit Tommy Kraemer named Gatorade Ohio Player of the Year

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Elder senior offensive lineman Tommy Kraemer was named the Gatorade Ohio Football Player of the Year on Thursday morning.

“I am really proud of Tommy because he is such a great kid and is very deserving of the award,” Elder coach Doug Ramsey said. “I don’t think people realize how good he really is.”

Elder OL Tommy Kraemer was named the Gatorade Ohio player of the year this winner.

Elder OL Tommy Kraemer was named the Gatorade Ohio player of the year this winner.

Kraemer, who is verbally committed to Notre Dame, was Associated Press Division I first-team all-state this season. He will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Jan. 9 at the Alamodome. The game will be televised live on NBC (1 p.m. EST).

Kraemer said he was excited to know a lineman won the award.

“It’s very special,” Kraemer told Cincinnati.com. “I’ve put in a lot of work the past four years and it’s pretty exciting that it’s all paying off.”

Kraemer amassed 156 pancake blocks and anchored a team offense that racked up 5,064 yards of total offense and averaged 390.3 yards per game this past season for the Panthers (9-4), who were a Division I regional semifinalist.

Kraemer had a school-record 23 pancake blocks in Week 10 against La Salle as the Panthers captured a share of the GCL South title with St. Xavier. Jake Hilvert had the previous school-record with 22 pancake blocks against Highlands a few years ago, according to the Elder athletic department.

“Tommy is the most dominating high school football player I have seen,” Ramsey said. “I will enjoy watching Tommy play at Notre Dame and hopefully on Sundays in the NFL.”

Kraemer, who is 6 feet 6 and 315 pounds, is rated Ohio’s No. 2 player overall in the 2016 class by 247Sports and the No. 6 offensive tackle in the nation.

Kraemer also has two favorite moments at Elder.

“Taking the field with my brothers and beating (Lakewood St. Edward in 2014) will probably be my two most memorable moments,” Kraemer said.

Kraemer is the first area winner of the Gatorade state award since Lakota West linebacker Jordan Hicks in 2010. Hicks, a former University of Texas standout, is a rookie with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Past area winners include: La Salle defensive lineman Ben Martin (2007), Colerain offensive lineman Connor Smith (2006), Moeller offensive lineman Michael Munoz (2000), Elder linebacker Jason Ott (1997), Colerain offensive lineman Jefferson Kelley (1996), Norwood running back Marc Edwards (1993), Cincinnati Academy of Physical Education (CAPE) running back Carlos Snow (1987).

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