Culmer St. Jean Q&A

Naples, Fla. strong safety – prospect profile

Culmer St. Jean, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound strong safety prospect, verbally committed to Wisconsin two weeks ago, choosing the Badgers over West Virginia and Minnesota.

A product of Lely High School in Naples, Fla., St. Jean spent the past two seasons focusing on playing quarterback, after thriving as a defensive back as a sophomore. He excelled on offense as well and was named all-conference, all-area, and third-team all-state this fall, throwing for about 1,000 yards. He will begin his college career at strong safety but could also end up at outside linebacker.

St. Jean was born in the Bahamas and moved to Naples, Fla. when he was two or three years old. His cousin, Steven Octavien, is a junior linebacker at Nebraska.

St. Jean said he bench presses 330 pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.51 seconds. His cumulative grade-point average is a 2.9.

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

Culmer St. Jean: "I want to major in business, entrepreneurship…

"I'm going to try to come back home and open up a little thing."

BN: Do you have a type of business in mind?

CSJ: "I'll probably start out with a restaurant. If I make it into the league, hopefully a clothing line and some shoes and other stuff."

BN: What kind of food would your restaurant serve?

CSJ: "I'm big on Italian, so I'd probably go with Italian down in Naples and then probably some seafood up in Marco."

BN: What was your first impression of the University of Wisconsin?

CSJ: "They have a lot of tradition there. I just like the tradition that they have over there. It was just amazing."

BN: What was your favorite memory from your official visit (Dec. 16)?

CSJ: "Probably going up to the top floor, where the coach's office is and looking over the stadium. Just seeing where I'll be playing and the 85,000 seats."

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

CSJ: "Winning the Coconut Bowl, definitely. We have an annual Coconut Bowl with a cross-town rival called Naples High. It's been going for 31 years and we've been in a slump for the last seven years. And we finally won."

BN: What was your favorite college team growing up?

CSJ: "Miami University."

BN: Is there an athlete you would say you model your game after?

CSJ: "Not really, I never really did that."

BN: The best sports movie of all time?

CSJ: "I like them all."

BN: Who has influenced you the most or served as a role model during your football career?

CSJ: "Probably my cousin, Steven."

BN: Do you anticipate redshirting your first year at UW?

CSJ: "Not at all. I'm not looking forward to be a redshirt. I'm hoping to play early and often."

BN: What are your goals for your Wisconsin career?

CSJ: "Win a national championship. Win the Big Ten Conference at least three or four times. I want to win every year I'm there. And just go to the ship…Go to the promised land, you know, national championship."

BN: Where do you hope to be in 10 years?

CSJ: "Retired with a lot of money."


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