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IMG offensive lineman Ilija Krajnovic talks conversation with Ed Warinner

Maize n Brew catches up with a prospect from Serbia.

Michigan has their eyes on a prospect from Serbia that recently moved to the United States, Ilija Krajnovic. The big and brawn 6-foot-8, 325 pound offensive lineman will be playing at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida for his senior season in 2021.

Krajnovic spoke with Michigan offensive line coach Ed Warinner recently, a conversation the o-lineman valued. “I was so happy because I just came (to the U.S.) and a coach from one of the best colleges liked me,” Krajnovic told Maize n Brew. “He is an excellent coach, willing to help and put effort in the team. 35 years of coaching is not a small thing.” Warinner told Krajnovic he’s very interested in him and plans to visit him at IMG at some point this year.

Krajnovic said Warinner is the type of coach he could see himself playing for. “With such a long history of coaching, sending guys to the NFL, having a great personality and willingness to help is what makes a good coach,” Krajnovic said.

Krajnovic doesn’t have a lot of experience playing football yet, with just one year under his belt. However, he’s done enough to receive interest from Michigan and Boston College and play at IMG this fall.

Krajnovic describes himself as “big, strong, mentally prepared, aggressive a lot”. He currently squats 405 pounds, and benches 200, numbers he believes he can up significantly due to the fact he started lifting once he came to America. Expect the interest in Krajnovic to grow nationally once he starts playing games at IMG.