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Elkhart Central's Dylan Kruis (20) congratulates a team mate during the Mangy Lion game against Elkhart Memorial at Charger FIeld on Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. (Truth Photo By Evey Wilson) ¬ ¬ ¬ (AP)

Elkhart Central's Dylan Kruis (20) warms up for the Mangy Lion game against Elkhart Memorial at Charger FIeld on Friday, Aug. 17, 2012. (Truth Photo By Evey Wilson) ¬ ¬ ¬ (AP)

Central senior Spencer Schnell (11) runs to the sidelines after a play during first half action at Rice Field Friday, Oct. 5, 2012. ¬ (Truth Photo By Jennifer Shephard) (AP)

Spencer Schnell waits on the sideline between plays against St Joseph 9/7/2012. ¬ (Truth Photo By J. Tyler Klassen) ¬ ¬ ¬ (AP)
Blue Blazer duo set for college football
Posted on March 20, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on March 20, 2013 at 4:14 p.m.

ELKHART — Central High School standouts Spencer Schnell and Dylan Kruis each have committed to colleges to play football this fall.

Schnell, who set no less than six Blue Blazer records in the 2012 season, will attend Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

Kruis, who missed his junior season due to illness, but returned for a productive senior season, plans to enroll at Illinois State University.

A North team All-Star for this summer’s game in Indianapolis, Schnell set ECHS marks for single-game, single-season and career receptions, single-season and career receiving yards and career receiving touchdowns.

In his varsity career, Schnell caught 169 passes for 2,503 yards and 19 TDs, tying Terrance Larkin in the ECHS record books.

“Spencer is pound for pound the most complete receiver I been around in 14 years of coaching,’’ said Central coach Levon Johnson. “He possesses great athleticism, excellent ball-tracking skills, and has the ability to catch the long ball as well as turn a short catch into a long play.

“Bowling Green has been recruiting the state of Indiana hard and Spencer will be another great representative of the caliber of football players from this state.”

Schnell, an All-NIC selection last year, will join NorthWood High graduate Coy Brown a sophomore linebacker, on the Falcons’ roster.

BGSU was 8-5 last fall, including 6-2 in the Mid-American Conference.

Kruis also was an All-NIC pick as well as a three-year defensive starter for Central. Kruis, who moved to linebacker in midseason, led ECHS with 114 total tackles. He also had two interceptions and seven pass breakups. He was named a member of the Indiana Football Coaches Association 2012 All-Academic Team.

“Dylan is going to be a great asset ... he is a versatile defender who has the skill set to play multiple positions,” Johnson said. “He is a tough-nosed athlete who has the intellectual abilities to be a coach on the field.”

“His pure tenacity to continue playing the game of football after his illness was an inspiration to his teammates and demonstrated his love of team and football.”

Lamar Conard, a former Blazer standout, is Illinois State’s recruiting coordinator and running backs coach.

The Redbirds were 9-4 in 2012, 5-3 in the Missouri Valley Conference. ISU ended its 2012 season with a 35-31 loss to Eastern Washington in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.