Arlington Stallions Alum Spencer Krueger (Hersey HS, 2016) has experienced a meteoric rise in his rugby since leaving us and entering Ohio State University. He went to Columbus two weeks early for his freshman year to train with their rugby club, which enabled him to attain a very special status for any Stallions alum, that of being "First Team - First Week". He has not relinquished his spot in their side and was recently elected by his OSU teammates to captain their squad for the 2018/2019 school year. Additionally, in his first two years there, he has also served as recruiting chairman and interim club president.
His performance has not gone unnoticed as he was rated one of the nations Top 15 collegiate players by blogger Alex Goff (https://www.florugby.com/articles/6063470-top-players-from-d1a-this-fall) and was invited to play in the Chicago Lions senior side this spring.
We are pleased to tell you that Spencer has been accepted into the Canterbury (New Zealand) Crusaders High Performance Immersion Camp this summer. This is an 8 week intensive player development program administered by one of the most successful select side programs in the world. The Crusaders have produced an extraordinary number of New Zealand All Black players and this immersion program has advanced high achieving players from a number of countries to their international sides.
The Stallions, Ohio State and Chicago Lions coaches are unanimous in the opinion that Spencer's future in rugby is as bright as any player we have seen in our collective programs. He possesses the physical tools, discipline and professional commitment to at some point (with a little luck) take the field as a USA Eagle. He has made the most of his experience at every level of rugby in which he has participated. The Crusaders Immersion program will be the biggest challenge he has yet to face. We all have no doubt that he will be up to the task and will return this summer ready to take some giant strides forward in his level of play.