Gabe Carimi Q&A

Cottage Grove, Wis. right tackle – 2006 signee profile

Gabe Carimi grew up in Madison, Wis., then moved to nearby Cottage Grove and attended Monona Grove High School, where this fall he earned all-state honors as an offensive lineman and defensive end.

He verbally committed to the University of Wisconsin football program in June and signed a letter of intent Feb. 1.

Carimi, 6-foot-7, 285 pounds, was a Parade All-American as a right tackle and was named the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's state lineman of the year.

He has gained 25 pounds since his senior football season as he focuses on weight training and his body continues to mature. Carimi projects to right tackle at Wisconsin. He carries a 3.3 cumulative grade-point average and he scored a 28 on his ACT.

Badger Nation: Do you remember what your first impression of the University of Wisconsin was?

Gabe Carimi: "Well, I lived here so… Just a great atmosphere. I just remember when I was a little kid, going to the Badger games. It's always been just a really well-known and familiar place for me to live. So I like to stay here."

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

GC: "Probably my Parade All-American."

BN: Is there an athlete that you would say you have modeled your game after?

GC: "I probably, in younger years, I liked to model myself from Jevon Kearse. I like playing defense end, but I now like playing tackle. If you ask me now, I'd probably say Joe Thomas because he's really a great athlete."

BN: What is the best sports movie of all time?

GC: "Remember the Titans."

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

GC: "I don't think I can narrow it down to one person. I really can't. I'd have to thank a couple of people… I'd have to thank my parents, Alayne and Sanford, Ron Brent… He was my first football coach with the Peewees. He's a great guy and I still keep in touch with him. And all the MG coaching staff."

BN: Do you anticipate redshirting your first year?

GC: "Yeah, they were thinking about it, but I don't know. I'm gaining a lot of weight, and I'm hoping that I can prove that maybe I can be an impact player sooner. I'd like that. But I'm probably most likely going to redshirt."

BN: But you'd prefer to play right away if you can?

GC: "I would like to try and get playing time in. No one really wants to just not play. But I would be fine with redshirting and lifting hard and getting myself to that next level, without playing."

BN: What would you say are your goals for your Wisconsin career?

GC: "I'd like to get a degree and that's the first thing. Because I know going to school is an educational thing and I would like to get a degree out of this and I know when you have a good thing that you shouldn't waste it.

"I'm going to work hard to get a degree, and I would like to go on to the next level, because I just think that would be a blast. Doing something that you love. What I do right now, the extra time that I have in the day is what I consider my fun time—lifting weights and getting better at my sport. So just thinking about that and just doing what you love to do and getting paid for it, just is mind-boggling."

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

GC: "Any athlete's dream is to keep on going to the next level and be the best at your sport. I wouldn't just want to be a lineman in the NFL, I'd love to be the best at my position."

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