Kirk DeCremer Q&A

Middleton, Wis. tight end prospect – class of 2006 signee profile

Kirk DeCremer is currently putting his athletic ability to work with the Badger South Conference champion Verona basketball team, averaging 8.6 points per game for an 18-1 squad. But in the fall the 6-foot-4, 240-pounder will begin putting his talents to use in the University of Wisconsin football program.

DeCremer was a consensus first-team all-state choice at defensive end last fall, as he helped lead the Wildcats to a share of the conference championship with Monona Grove and Madison Edgewood. DeCremer had 16 sacks and 14 additional tackles for loss. He had 12 sacks as a junior.

But DeCremer will begin his college career as a tight end, where he received all-conference honors this season after catching seven passes for 270 yards (38.6 yards per catch) and three touchdowns.

DeCremer, who could also play defensive end in college, is sudden and physical on the football field. He can run the 40-yard dash in 4.75 seconds, bench press 275 pounds and squat 415.

Also a strong student, DeCremer has a 3.91 grade-point average and he scored a 24 on his ACT. He plans to pursue an undergraduate degree in a science-related field and a postgraduate degree in dentistry.

DeCremer's late father, James, was a UW basketball player from 1968-71, and his grandfather, Bjorn Thompson, competed with the Badger track and field team in the pole vault from 1953-56.

Badger Nation: What was your first impression of the University of Wisconsin?

Kirk DeCremer: "It's kind of hard, just because my dad played for the Badgers, he was basketball. I've kind of always liked it, I've kind of always had a good impression of Wisconsin."

BN: Do you have a favorite memory from your official visit?

KD: "My favorite memory has to be just going to the games that they invited us to (unofficially) and sitting with Gabe (Carimi) and the other guys. I think that's the biggest memory I have from the whole recruiting aspect."

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

KD: "I think making all-state for football. I think that was a big thing that I'm really proud of."

BN: Is there an athlete you've modeled your game after?

KD: "I didn't really think about that that much. I like (Tony) Gonzalez for tight end. I think he's a great guy and I don't know, it's kind of hard to say, that's a hard question.

BN: Favorite sports movie?

"I like Glory Road a lot. I just saw that and that was a really good movie. I also like The Waterboy, that's funny."

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

KD: "I think my dad had. He just kind of showed me the way a game should be played and how you should look at that, but also how thankful you should be for everything that you do and that you get."

BN: Do you anticipate redshirting at Wisconsin your freshman year?

KD: "They're saying it all depends on how we do at the practices and everything but more than likely, I think I'll be redshirting, just along with pretty much how everybody else comes into their freshman year."

BN: Do you have some goals in mind for yourself for your seasons at Wisconsin?

KD: "Hopefully come in and within the next couple of years possibly earn a playing position or a starting position, something along that aspect, being a significant part of the team."

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

KD: "I don't know, settled down with a family, starting a family, possibly having my own practice as a dentist, something along that line, and just being a successful person."

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