The 6-foot-4, 205-pound athlete thrived at Hamilton Heights High School in Arcadia, Ind., throwing for 2,468 yards and 30 touchdowns his senior year, while completing 59 percent of his passes (139 of 234). Sherer said he bench presses 245 pounds, squats 350 and runs a 4.6 40-yard dash; he used his speed to run for 286 yards and five touchdowns on 69 attempts.
Sherer, who chose Wisconsin over Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky and Michigan, was recruited by former UW tight ends coach Rob Ianello. After Ianello became the receivers coach at Notre Dame, UW quarterbacks coach Jeff Horton began recruiting Sherer.
Badger Nation: How did Ianello's departure affect you?
Dustin Sherer: "It didn't really. I mean, Coach Ianello was my recruiting coordinator, but then again, he coached tight ends on the team so it wasn't like I was losing the quarterbacks coach person, which I was going to be with the whole time. I mean, it was kind of disappointing that he left but he's got a wife too and he's got a family, and it was a good move for him. It didn't affect my decision at all."
BN: Do you have an academic discipline in mind for college?
DS: "Probably business." [Sherer did not know his standardized test score but said that is qualified and that he has a 3.1 grade-point average.]
BN: What was your favorite memory from your official visit [Dec. 10-12]?
DS: "It was just neat because they were practicing for the bowl game then and so I got to go to, like, two of their practices and that night, I went out to eat with a bunch of the players and hung out with them and stuff like that, so it was pretty neat."
BN: What are you most proud of from your prep career?
DS: "I guess when I was, our freshman year, we had a really good team. I didn't really play that much, but my sophomore year, we won our first sectional championship ever and my junior year, we won our second sectional, I guess, we won regional that year, and then last year, we won sectional again, so we won conference twice in my career. So just accomplishing those things."
BN: What was your favorite college team growing up?
DS: "Probably Purdue. Just because it was so close. I live half-an-hour away and I have some relatives, like some cousins, that went to school there. My grandparents live there, so I grew up a lot around there."
BN: Who was your favorite athlete?
DS: "Favorite athlete? Probably Peyton Manning."
DS: "I'm a Colts fan and he probably is one of the best quarterbacks to play the game."
BN: Do you anticipate redshirting your first year at UW?
DS: "I think so. I mean, right now, all indications about it, I am going to. But if I do well this summer and through the fall, if they that think I can play early, then I might not. But right now, yeah, I think I am redshirting."
BN: What are your goals for your Badger career both for this year and in seasons to come?
DS: "My freshman year, especially if I'm redshirting, I just want to lift weights and gain weight and get bigger and learn the offense and get comfortable with that and learn what it's like to play college football. Hopefully I can start as soon as possible."
BN: When do you expect to arrive on campus?
DS: "I think that I'm coming up there early June. I graduate [June 3], so I think I'm going to come up there at least by the 13th. Then I'm have to come home because I'm playing in the North-South all-star game here in Indiana, so I'll be home for a week and then I'll go back up. So I'll be here probably for a month before the football season starts."
BN: Where do you think you will be in 10 years?
DS: "My dream has always been to play in the NFL, so that's where I'd like to be but if it doesn't work out, then I'll hopefully have a job somewhere. If I major in business, probably something in business and make a lot of money, I guess."
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