February 21, 2008

Frederick reflects on junior day

Since taking over the Badger football program, Bret Bielema has landed every in-state recruit he extended a scholarship offer to over the past three seasons. In 2009, UW's head coach is 3-for-3, but it will be interesting to see what other Wisconsin prospects are presented with scholarship opportunities, one of those being Travis Frederick, a first-team all-state player on both sides of the ball as a junior.

The following is a questions and answer with Frederick, who attended UW's junior day this past weekend:

What is your current height and weight?

Frederick:6-foot-5, 310 pounds

Can you describe your junior day this past weekend?

We left my house early around 8:00 a.m. and got there a little bit early. We went straight up to the football offices and we were greeted by the coaches. From there we hit up registration, we paid for breakfast and lunch, and then had a bit to eat looking over the field. It was really cool because they blew off the snow and the "W" was uncovered in the middle of the field.

Coach (Bret) Bielema gave a nice speech about Wisconsin and why we should all consider them. After that we had a tour around the facilities. It was really cool because when we went in the weight room some guys were actually working out, the lineman group. The intensity and spectacle of it was awesome. Just to be around them was really cool.

How did you enjoy your time with the current players?

I really enjoyed my time with the players. They put all of us in a room with some players and the coaches left. It was cool because we just got to hang out and talk with them. It was really nice to be able to talk with the players and ask them why they chose Wisconsin. To finish up the tour we went to the first half of the basketball game and then we met with our position coaches. I met with the offensive line and Coach (Bob) Bostad. He gave us some tips and an overview of the recruiting process.

You play on both sides of the ball, but where do you think you will play at the next level?

They (Wisconsin) are mainly looking at me on the offensive side of the ball. Personally, I don't think I'm quick enough to play on the defensive line. I'm getting pretty big now, so I've been focusing mainly on the offensive line.

Was an offer extended by the coaching staff?

There was no talk about an offer. I never really had a chance to talk to the coaches individually. The week before I went to Minnesota for their junior day and Coach Bostad was kind of poking around, wondering if I had got an offer while I was up there. I told him I didn't and then we had a good conversation after that. We didn't get into much detail because there were a lot of other people standing around.

How was Minnesota's junior day?

I went up to Minnesota's junior day and spoke with the coaches up there. I liked it up there, the football facilities were great and the coaches were extremely nice. They treated me very well on my tour. I didn't get a chance to see the entire campus while I was up
there but I plan on making another trip to check everything out again.

What other schools are looking at you at this point?

I get hand written letters from Iowa. I plan on going down there sometime soon because I was unable to make their junior day. Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Princeton, Yale, Harvard, Stanford and UNLV have all expressed a great deal of interest.

Outside of the upcoming season, what are your future plans football-wise?

I definitely plan on attending some camps and combines. I'll be attending the Midwest combine again. I've also been to a combine down in Texas. I actually went down there this winter. I'll hit up some camps, definitely Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota.

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