When Clinton High School senior Michael Kramer signed a National Letter of Intent to play football at Fayetteville State University on Thursday afternoon he said it was the realization of a lifelong dream.
“This is something I have worked for and dreamed about my whole life. I have worked hard in the weight room and the classroom my whole life, and it is an awesome opportunity to get to play football for four more years,” he stated.
Kramer was a standout linebacker on the 2016-17 Dark Horses football team, a one-year starter for Clinton after transferring from Midway following his junior year. Kramer played a big role in helping to lead Clinton to an undefeated regular season and Four County Conference Championship.
Kramer had opportunities with several colleges but Fayetteville State provided the best fit, according to the young player.
“Both my parents were in the military and I plan to join the ROTC program at Fayetteville State and get commissioned as an Army officer when I graduate,” Kramer said. “FSU was the best fit for me to follow this path.”
Kramer’s parents commented on the opportunity for their son to follow his sports and career dreams.
“This is huge for Mike and our family,” his father Tim said. “He has worked hard academically carrying a 4.2 GPA, and has put in all the extra time in the weight room and on the practice field. He’s the kid that puts in all the extra effort all the time. When other kids are out playing with their friends, Mike is the guy in the classroom doing his homework. This is the fruit of his labors, it is great for him and our family and we are so proud of him.”
“From the time Mike was little, all he has wanted to do was play football,” Kramer’s mother Anne added. “It really is a dream come true for him. Michael has been totally dedicated to not just sports but also his academics.
“There were bigger universities he could have chosen, but FSU is the perfect fit,” she continued. “Michael, at the end of the day, wants to be a Special Forces soldier after college. He will be in the ROTC program. This is the opportunity for him to get a full ride and graduate college debt-free, which is a huge plus.”
Clinton head football coach Bob Lewis commented on his former linebacker and tight end, saying he is optimistic about Kramer’s future.
“Mike will do well at the next level,” Lewis said. “He is a good student, good young man and a good football player. He will be a huge asset for Fayetteville State. I wish we could have had him in our program for four years. He is the kind of young man that you really enjoy coaching.”