Dan Cascone Q&A

Newtown, Conn. two-star defensive tackle – prospect profile

Looking for a sleeper in the University of Wisconsin's class of 2005? Set your gaze toward Connecticut and huge defensive tackle Dan Cascone. A 300-pound star at Newtown High School, Cascone has added 30 pounds to his frame since the fall and now checks in at 6-foot-3, 330 pounds, while still running a 5.0 40-yard dash.

With the departure of starting defensive tackles Anttaj Hawthorne and Jason Jefferson and top reserve Kalvin Barrett, there may be room for Cascone in the Badgers' rotation next season.

Cascone's recruiting rankings are not particularly impressive, but his production on the field – including 13 sacks his senior year – was very impressive. Before verbally committing early to Wisconsin in June, Cascone was receiving strong interest from other major Division I programs such as Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska and Penn State.

The Badgers have enjoyed success with their recruits from Connecticut, including Hawthorne and former safety Bobby Myers. Cascone will be one of three UW players from Connecticut on the roster this fall, including redshirt freshman cornerback Jameson Davis and another new recruit, defensive end Matt Shaughnessy.

Badger Nation: When did you take your official visit to Wisconsin? What was your favorite memory of that trip?

Dan Cascone: "Dec. 10 was when we went on the official visit. I think it probably was when I went out with the players because I got to see how college life was and how the team works and stuff."

BN: What are you most proud of from prep career?

DC: "I'm probably most proud of my senior season and my Thanksgiving game, it was our rival game. We've had a long standing rival with them and the four years that I've played there they always beat us real bad and we were 6-2-1 at the time and I think that they had a real good record and they were going to go to state and they were supposed to kill us and we beat them. It was a pretty close game but we just physically really beat them bad and we kept them out of state. It was an awesome game."

BN: Who was your favorite athlete? Why?

DC: "Probably Barry Sanders; I just watched him a lot and he was just an absolutely amazing, amazing athlete."

BN: Do you anticipate redshirting your first year at UW? What are your goals for your Badger career both for this year and in seasons to come?

DC: "It's pretty much up to me my coach said; they're not that deep in defensive tackles. They said there's a good chance I can get some time in so probably not. It's up to me pretty much and how I play. My goals are just do the best of my ability and my potential. Also to really help the team whenever and however I can."

BN: When do you expect to arrive on campus?

DC: "Probably a week or two after my summer starts. Probably going out in July, the first week of July."

BN: Do you have an academic discipline in mind for college?

[Cascone said he does not have a major in mind yet. He is qualified academically with a 900 on his SAT.]

DC: "My freshman year, I just started off, I just didn't like school, I didn't have a really good freshman year and I think I failed a class. But right now I think I am ready for college academics. They offer a lot of help at Wisconsin so it doesn't look that bad."

BN: Where do you think you will be in 10 years?

DC: "I don't know but I know I will probably be around football. My hopes it would maybe be the NFL but if not probably in a steady career maybe coaching or something."

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