September 3, 2008

Kohout reaching out to other prospects

With the first game of his senior season under his belt, Wisconsin verbal commit Jordan Kohout shared some thoughts about graduating early, his official visit and the conversations he's had with 2009 prospects on the Badger radar.

The following is a question and answer with the 6-foot-4, 265-pound in-state defensive tackle.

First of all, how is the season going?

Kohout: Well the season is going good. We won our first game. I thought our defense played very well. We made a few mistakes but we're all still trying to get on the same page. I feel if we can get on the same page we'll be pretty good.

Individually, how would you rate your performance last Friday?

Kohout: I felt I played pretty well. I had two sacks along with two tackles-for-loss. On defense I was playing a double-gap nose guard.

How do you feel your team will fair this season?

Kohout: As a team I feel we look really well. We have a lot of younger guys. Some guys are inexperienced because it's their first year on varsity, but the junior varsity team was undefeated last season. I know JV is different than varsity, but we are practicing very hard and things are looking really well.

Have you been in contact with any other commitment or prospects of recent?

Kohout: Actually, I just wrote Pat Muldoon a message on Facebook tonight. It sounds like his team it doing pretty well. They just played Prattville (Ala.), which is a really good team. He said he played pretty well, so that's pretty cool. On Saturday at the game I spoke with Ryan Groy quite a bit. I also spoke to Shelby Harris for the first time in awhile. I met Travis Frederick; they all seem the really nice guys. Obviously I know Ryan, but Shelby and Travis are really cool.

Have you decided on an official visit date?

Kohout: I'll be making to it every home game. But after the season the coaching staff has all the early verbal commitments in town for the end-of-season banquet and everything. So that will be my official. They want us all there on the same weekend. I don't have the exact date just yet.

Last time we spoke, you mentioned you might possibly be graduating early. Have you put anymore thought into that?

Kohout: I'm doing it. It's 100 percent. I'm actually doing my admissions tonight. I'm going through all the paperwork now so I don't have to worry about it later. So yeah, I'm graduating early.

Why have you decided to go that route? Have you had any input from other players or coaches?

Kohout: Well I've been talking about it with Jake Current for a long time. I met him during a practice and our relationship has grown and we're pretty good buddies. He said it's a great thing to do. He graduated from high school early with Jake Byrne and Curt Phillips.

It was cool to see them (Current and Byrne) get playing time this weekend. That just shows you how much spring ball can benefit a freshman. I want to get down there and I want to be the best. I want to play my best and give it my all and show the staff I deserve to be there.

What are some negatives about graduating early?

Kohout: I made the decision early. I knew it was something I wanted to do. As summer comes to an end and you're hanging out with your friends, you realize you're going to miss them a lot. At the same time I only live 45 minutes away and I can come back and see my friends every other weekend, or even come back for prom. I'll still be able to see them.

Have any other commitment expressed interest in graduating early?

Kohout: Yeah, Travis Frederick actually told me he was going to do it. I haven't spoken with Jon Budmayr personally, but Coach (Bret) Bielema told me he was going to do it. Travis seemed really excited about it too when I spoke with him this weekend. He's a really smart kid, you can tell just by how well-spoken he his. So, I'll have some others with me, I'm really excited about that.

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