UW verbal a hot prospect

Gabe Carimi, a 6-foot-7, 265-pound offensive tackle at Monona Grove High School in Monona, Wis., gave Wisconsin his verbal commitment this summer. Carimi grew up in the shadows of Madison, a huge fan of the Badgers. Wisconsin will have to continue to recruit Carimi as his stock continues to soar.

Several college recruiters feel that Carimi, if he had waited, could have ended up with 25-30 scholarship offers. Watching Carimi on film, I would agree with that prediction.

Carimi is very athletic and he can run (4.8 40-yard dash) for a big man. Gabe has long arms and he understands angles very well. He is excellent out on the perimeter and he is got a bit of a nasty streak as well.

"My decision to commit to Wisconsin was a fairly easy one," Gabe Carimi said.

"I have lived in Madison my entire life and I've always wanted to be a Badger. I think I was offered on June 28 and I committed on the spot. I didn't feel the need to drag this (recruiting) thing out any longer.

"I don't plan on graduating early. I'm going to graduate with my class and I'll start working out with the team next summer. I'll probably set up my (Wisconsin) official visit sometime in September."

Despite Carimi's verbal commitment, schools such as Michigan, Tennessee and USC are going to keep in contact. Those schools and others will most likely call Carimi in September to see just how strong his commitment is.

Word out of Lincoln, Neb., has Carimi being one of the very best offensive linemen to camp with the Huskers this summer.

As a junior, Carimi started at both offensive and defensive tackle for Monona Grove. He was named all-area.

Carimi chose the Badgers over Michigan State and Indiana. Both schools offered a scholarship.

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