Coach comments on Carimi

Monona Grove coach Mike Stassi was an assistant for the South all stars last week. He offered a few comments on senior-to-be Gabe Carimi

Gabe Carimi gave a verbal commitment to the University of Wisconsin football team late last month, soon after a summer camp visit and the receipt of a scholarship offer. The Cottage Grove, Wis., native will be a senior at Monona Grove High School in Monona, Wis., where he will serve as an offensive tackle and defensive end.

Carimi, who stands 6-foot-7, 265 pounds, was a Wisconsin State Journal all-area honorable mention offensive lineman. He is being recruiting to play right tackle for the Badgers.

Carimi's coach at Monona Grove, Mike Stassi, was one of retired Brodhead-Juda coach Gary Larsen's assistants for the South all stars in Saturday's Shrine Bowl. Following a South team practice at UW-Whitewater last week, Stassi offered a few comments on Carimi, who could very well find himself playing in the state all-star game next summer.

"Gabe's going to be a hard worker. He's a wonderful, wonderful person," Stassi said. "Guys like that don't look for shortcuts. They do all the things that are necessary to make them successful. I'm a big Gabe Carimi fan. I'm just so happy for his success because he really deserves it."

Carimi did not have any scholarship offers after the spring evaluation period. But he impressed coaching staffs throughout the Midwest during football camp visits at Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana, Nebraska and Wisconsin.

"He said he's undersized, you know, he needs to put on weight, this and that," Stassi said. "Gabe just says, ‘well they don't know. I want to work hard.' I know. I know what he can do. And he showed them. Michigan State offered, Ball State offered and Indiana University offered. That says a lot when you get schools like that offering full rides."

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