DL w/ enthusiastic thumbs up for WSU official

THE OFFICIAL VISITOR WHO traveled the farthest this past weekend to take in the crimson experience at the 101st Apple Cup was Wisconsin's Justin Juckem. His parents also made the trip out to the Palouse, and it's safe to say the defensive line prospect came away impressed with the football program at Washington State.

DL Justin Juckem, (6-5, 245)   
Chilton High; Chilton, Wisc.

Gut reaction:
"Overall, it was a very good visit. I was very impressed with the facilities and the coaching staff. It's a very good college," said Juckem.

On rushing out onto the field to celebrate the Wazzu win and his first Apple Cup experience:
"That was a pretty sweet game -- at the end there it was very exciting. I got trampled over a bit at the end there (laughs), it was pretty fun . That's a great rivalry and it would be great to be part of that someday possibly," said Juckem.

More on the coaching staff and meeting President Elson Floyd:
"They feel very friendly and very willing to help us in our student life -- academically and athletically. It was a great experience, they seem very willing to help and as I said, (I can see) definitely playing for them some day," said Juckem.

On what his parents thought of the visit to the Palouse:
"Overall I think they were pretty pleased with it. We need to figure a few things out first just a little bit more. It takes a little (from Wisconsin) to get out there but at the same time it's (doable)," said Juckem.

Having now gotten a clear picture on the football program, recruiting focus turns to academics and possible Engineering major:
"I'm very impressed with the athletic part of it. Academically I'm now looking at it a little more and trying to get a feel for what it's like and if it's the right fit. Looking at other colleges, you want it to be comparable to them and make sure it's a top notch college you go to. We're just trying to finalize things but overall I really liked the college," said Juckem.

Where he goes from here:
Juckem said Washington State was looking to likely come out to Wisconsin for an in-home visit sometime in December.

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