GCL South Represented In U.S. Army All-American Game


Posted on 1/9/2016 at 2:24 p.m.

Elder’s Kraemer, La Salle’s Chrisman, Moeller’s Hausmann To Play In Showcase

Seniors Tommy Kraemer of Elder, Drue Chrisman of La Salle and Jake Hausmann of Moeller are set to play today in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, one of the nation’s premier high school all-star showcases that features 90 select players in an East vs. West matchup.  The game kicks off at 1 p.m. from the Alamodome in San Antonio. It will be broadcast live nationally on NBC, which is WLWT-TV (Channel 5) locally.

The game also will be broadcast across the world to soldiers deployed overseas in the U.S. Army.

Kraemer, who has committed to play collegiately at Notre Dame, is a member of the East squad.  He will wear uniform No. 75 in the game.  Hausmann, who has committed to Ohio State, also is on the East squad and will wear No. 83.  Chrisman – who, like Hausmann, is committed to Ohio State – will handle the punting duties and wear No. 26 for the West team.  

The 6-foot-6, 310-pound Kraemer, rated as the nation’s No. 6 offensive tackle in the 2016 class by 247 Sports and Ohio’s No. 2 player overall by the website, helped Elder advance to the quarterfinals of the Division I playoffs this season.  Kraemer, a first-team all-state selection, also was named the Gatorade Ohio Player of the Year.  Former Elder tight end Kyle Rudolph, now with the NFL Minnesota Vikings, played in the game seven years ago.

Chrisman, who also handled placekicking duties this season after an injury week one, was a member of the Lancers’ back-to-back Division II State championship teams.  He is the third Lancer to play in the game, with Ben Martin and DeVier Posey being the others.  Chrisman was named the GCL South Punter of the Year after averaging a league-best 46.4 yards per attempt during the regular season.  

Hausmann, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound tight end, was a three-year starter for Moeller.  This season, Hausmann caught 50 passes for 718 yards and 11 touchdowns.  He had a season-high 13 catches for 163 yards and three TDs in the Crusaders’ 50-10 win over Canada Prep Academy in his final game, but also caught 11 balls for 103 yards and one TD against nationally renowned Don Bosco Prep, N.J.

A total of 299 players who have participated in the previous 15 U.S. Army All-American Games have been selected in the NFL Draft, including Andrew Luck and Patrick Peterson (2008) and Odell Beckham Jr. (2011).