The first-team all-league honoree was attracted in part by the success of the two-year school's running game.
Zach Kraus liked the small size of College of the Siskiyous because it reminded him of Canby High School.
Perhaps just as intriguing, though, was the schools football program and its emphasis on the run game.
That made his decision even easier.
Kraus, who earned first-team all-league honors as a senior center for the Cougars, recently decided to continue his athletic career at the two-year community college in northern California.
It felt like the right place, he said. And (the coaches) said I was going to play right away, and I definitely wanted that.
The 6-foot-4, 285-pound lineman expects to contribute as a guard or center with the Eagles, who compete within the California Community College Athletic Association. The program compiled an 18-4 record over the last two seasons, going 8-3 overall and 3-1 in the Mid-Empire Conference last year under coach Charlie Roche.
Kraus will join a roster that featured numerous Oregon products last season, including Romello Washington (Lake Oswego), Connor Young (Lakeridge), Zach Floyd (Tigard) and Andrew Walls (Wilsonville).
Siskiyous racked up a league-leading 190.9 rushing yards per game in 2013, an encouraging figure for an athlete who was a leader on of one of the best lines in the state this past season. Canby averaged 293.8 yards per game and reached the Class 6A semifinals.
Thats what they do, Kraus said of the Eagles offensive style. As long as I can stay aggressive like we were here, I think itll be a good time.
Kraus said his grades kept him from going directly to a four-year university but added that he hopes to prove himself in the classroom at Siskiyous and continue his football career after two years there.
Wherever he lands eventually, hell carry along fond memories of his time with the Cougars.
It was awesome, he said. Ill remember it the rest of my life.
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