Indiana has addressed its defensive tackle depth via the transfer portal on Wednesday, adding Northern Illinois grad transfer Weston Kramer.
Kramer, a 6-foot-1, 290-pound senior, started 24 games for the Huskies during the 2018 and ’19 seasons. NIU played six more during a pandemic-shortened 2020 slate, and Kramer was a second-team All-MAC defender.
In his career, Kramer has racked up 97 tackles, including 12.5 for loss. He has also logged 3.5 sacks.
IU was in need at the defensive tackle position following the graduation of three-techniques Jerome Johnson and Jovan Swann. Freshman Damarjhe Lewis also entered the transfer portal shortly after the conclusion of spring practice.
Earlier on Wednesday, though, IU defensive coordinator Charlton Warren expressed confidence in the mix the Hoosiers have up front.
“We have guys in that size range and athleticism that can play three, that can play shade, that can play end, which doesn’t make you feel like you’re a one-single-point-of-failure defense,” Warren said. “I like the guys we have, I like the young guys we’re developing. And if the right person is out there that can help us win, then sure, you take a look at the portal. But we’re not certain we need to do that right now.”
While the Hoosiers do have redshirt freshman C.J. Person as a contender at three-technique, and junior nose Demarcus Elliott has gotten time at three-tech this spring, Kramer does help fortify things. He has played four years for the Huskies and has one year of eligibility left.
Kramer has had an interesting recruitment since entering the transfer portal in January. He originally committed to Temple in February. He then decommitted from the Owls in March. Now he ends up with the Hoosiers.
IU has been rather active in adding players from the Mid-American Conference lately. The transfer of Miami (Ohio) defensive back Deland McCullough II, the son of running backs coach Deland McCullough, was made official on Wednesday. IU is also adding Miami (Ohio) tight end James Bomba as a preferred walk-on.