December 7, 2008

Hemer back from official in Madison

Though the recruiting buzz this weekend revolved around defensive tackle Lendell Buckner, there were a few other Wisconsin prospects on their official visit to Madison this weekend, a group that included Medford, Wis., defensive lineman Ethan Hemer.

The following is a question and answer with Hemer, who currently has a preferred walk-on offer from the Badger coaching staff:

Can you just recap your official visit?

Hemer: There was a lot of stuff we did this weekend and I really enjoyed myself. We came in on Friday and were put in the Hilton Hotel. From the hotel we went to Camp Randall and we hung out with the coaches and then Saturday, we went to the hockey game, and that was a lot of fun because they won, 7-2. The next day we went to Coach (Bret) Bielema's house and had breakfast. I talked to him for a little while and then I came home.

Did you have an official host for the weekend?

Hemer: Yeah, it was J.J. Watt. He was nice and I was able to relate with him a lot and he really gave me a lot of insight of what being a Badger is all about. He plays on the defensive line so we talked about that, too. He was a good host.

Were you able to talk with any of the visitors this weekend?

Hemer: As far as other recruits go, there were four of us. One was from Milwaukee, another one was from the Chicago area. Kyle Zuleger was there from Appleton.

Were you able to talk with the big kid from Chicago, I'm guessing it was Lendell Buckner?

Hemer: Yeah, his name was Lendell. I really didn't talk with him a whole lot, but yeah, he's a pretty big guy. He was there with his family and stuff at the hockey game, but we didn't talk a lot.

After this visit, where does this put Wisconsin on your list?

Hemer: Wisconsin's a good school but I'm going to see some other schools yet. They left a really great impression on me. I had a great time and the coaches were wonderful. I just can't speak highly enough about the visit.

Do you have a timetable for your decision?

Hemer: No, there's not really any hurry to make a decision. I'm just going to wait and see what happens.

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