April 14, 2009

Zagzebski speaks about UW verbal

It's now official.

Finally, after contacting the appropriate parties, Konrad Zagzebski can publicly call himself a Wisconsin Badger.

It's been a world-wind few weeks for 6-foot-3, 225-pounder, who had originally committed to Tim Brewster in late January, but had since de-committed from the Gophers to give his verbal pledge to the Wisconsin and head coach Bret Bielema.

Tuesday night, BadgerBlitz.com was given the first post-commitment interview with Zagzebski to discuss his recent change of heart.

The following is a question and answer segment with the Schofield (Wis.) D. C. Everest prospect.

Well, could you tell us all how it went down?

Zagzebski: When I started evaluated both Minnesota and Wisconsin I really didn't consider Wisconsin a choice until I realized I had both of them on radar. Then, once I learned about Wisconsin's football program and how professional the coaches and fans were, it was a no brainier. I knew it was Wisconsin and I wanted to play for my home state.

What were the reactions from the Badger coaching staff?

Zagzebski: The staff was pretty excited. They were really thrilled. I was just happy to get the Badger recruiting class on a roll and I hope we finish strong for the class of 2010.

When did the Badgers officially offer you a scholarship?

Zagzebski: They offered me on junior day. I don't know a specific date, but they offered me at their junior day. That's when I really took the time to evaluate both schools and other schools along with that. I can to a decision and decided to end the process.

Other than Wisconsin and Minnesota, who were the other schools you were looking at?

Zagzebski: I was looking at Colorado, Nebraska, Stanford, UCLA, and Michigan State.

When did you start second guessing your decision?

Zagzebski: I didn't consider the Badger an option until I had that offer on the table. That was when the process began and I was able to evaluate both schools. There's no place like Wisconsin to play. The fans, the program, the tradition…it's in my backyard; it's like the best place to play.

How did the Minnesota staff take the news?

Zagzebski: They took it sour. But, it's part of the recruiting process. I have a ton of respect for the Minnesota coaches and I'm trilled that they gave me an opportunity to play in the Big Ten. But, when I learned about Wisconsin's academics, the coaches, and the program, I felt it was time to change my commitment.

Is it a relief to finally have this decision behind you?

Zagzebski: Yeah, it's great. I can't thank enough my coach from high school and all of the staff at DC Everest. Now it's just time to focus on high school and help my team win a conference championship.

What position does the staff project you at?

Zagzebski: As of right now we are looking at like three or four different positions; linebacker, defensive end, and even tight end or fullback. Being a Badger my whole goal is to bring home a Big Ten championship. I don't care where I play. I want to bring home a championship for the Badgers.

How is the knee?

Zagzebski: It feels excellent. With the medicine and surgery, I've already been cleared to participate in track. I'm running faster than I was last spring.

How does it feel to start the class off? You're the first player to commit in the class of 2010.

Zagzebski: It feels really good to be the first. I hope to help bring in some recruits around the country who are thinking about Wisconsin.

Do you plan on doing a little recruiting on your own? Will you try to lure some guys to Wisconsin?

Zagzebski: Yeah, definitely. I'm a Badger now and I'm part of the team. Now I've got to help the team in any way I can.

Is there anything you'd like to say to the Badger fans?

Zagzebski Man, let me think. I'd like to tell them I appreciate their support behind me and I look forward to helping them anyway I can…on and off the field.

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