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Commerce Township – Like his father was before him, Walled Lake Central senior Nick Krumm is a pure playmaker on the gridiron.
Whether under center as one of the most effective run-first quarterbacks in Metro Detroit or in the secondary at his free safety position, Krumm is a game-changer.
Last week in Central’s 35-14 downing of Waterford Mott to open the playoffs he changed the game to the tune of 175 yards on the ground and three rushing touchdowns.
Three decades ago, his dad and defensive backs coach at Central, Todd Krumm, was a top college-recruit at free safety while at West Bloomfield (Class of 1984), before going on to an All-Big Ten career in the secondary at Michigan State and a brief stint playing in the NFL with the Chicago Bears.
This Friday, Nick will lead his Vikings (8-2) and their option attack against his father’s alma mater, red-hot West Bloomfield (9-1), in a Division 1 district championship game.
“It’s pretty cool that the game isn’t only for a district title but also against the school my dad went to,” he said. “That will give it some added meaning. I think it will be a great match-up.”
Win or lose, after the game, Nick and his dad will be hitting the road for some college visits Saturday. They’ll spend the afternoon visiting Ferris State, catching a Bulldogs game and then descend on East Lansing that evening to be on the sidelines for Michigan State’s battle versus Ohio State at Spartans Stadium.
Nick’s being recruited to play defensive back at Ferris State and Northern Michigan as well as considering trying to be a preferred walk-on at Michigan State, where his dad helped take the Spartans to a Big Ten crown and a victory in the 1988 Rose Bowl.
From his perspective as his coach, Todd recognizes his son’s many attributes on both sides of the football.
“First, he’s an excellent athlete, better than I ever was, however he also just really gets it, he makes good decisions, he’s got outstanding reaction time and has very good field vision on offense and defense,” the elder Krumm said.
A four-year starter, Nick has over 1,500 yards and has scored 20 touchdowns so far this season. As a junior last fall, he found the end zone 22 times in just nine games.
Having his dad by his side in the Central program throughout his prep career has meant a lot to him.
“I’ll always remember the one-on-one talks we have after practices or games, just talking about football,” he said. “I’ve learned so much from him.”
Todd has cherished the experienced as well.
“Any father is going to enjoy watching his son play the game he loves, I'm lucky enough to get to coach and watch him,” he said. “And believe me Nick’s a lot of fun to watch. He’s dynamic, you never know what he’s going to do out there, you just know it’s going to help you win.”