Badger Nation: Rob Ianello recruited you for Wisconsin. Did it affect you when he left for Notre Dame?
T.J. Theus: "I thought him best wishes. If it's the right thing to do, it's the right thing to do. He was a good guy and I liked him a lot. In a kind of way, it did, to think that the guy who was recruiting me is about to leave, so I won't get a chance to be with him for a couple of years. But that's happened to me before, in my first year of varsity. After that year, one of my position coaches, he told me he was going to leave to go to a different school, so, I mean, it happened to me before and I've been through that, so that was a good thing that I knew how to react to it."
BN: Do expect to qualify academically?
TT: "I think I already did." [He said he has a 3.2 grade-point average and an 18 ACT]
BN: Do you have an academic discipline in mind for college?
TT: "I probably want to major in business, do something with business, or getting a teacher's degree and maybe coach or something like that."
BN: What was your favorite memory of your official visit?
TT: "I guess the most memorable is seeing the city between two lakes, [Monona and Mendota], that was the best."
BN: What are you most proud of from your prep career?
TT: "Making an impact on my team, my teammates, guys who I have been playing with since sixth or seventh grade, trying to stand out and, I guess, trying to be the best."
BN: What was your favorite college team growing up? Why?
TT: "University of Texas…
"I just grew up watching them on TV all the time, watching the Longhorns play. I was a huge Longhorn fan and I got to see them play a little bit. That was one of my favorite teams. Now watching Wisconsin, that's my favorite team now."
BN: Who was your favorite athlete? Why?
TT: "Michael Jordan. … I've just been trying to be like Michael Jordan since I was little, playing basketball, trying to be a leader and just the things like that."
BN: Do you anticipate redshirting your first year at UW? What are your goals for your Badger career both for this year and in seasons to come?
TT: "Well, I wouldn't say I wouldn't like to redshirt but I've talked to the coaches a little bit. There's a chance of me becoming a true freshman and getting some playing time my freshman year. If that happens, that would be great. If I do get redshirted, that would be great too because I get to learn the offense, I get to learn the system and learn how things work and get faster and stronger. I guess one of my goals is to come in and make an impact and help the team where they need help in areas and stuff like that. Continue to keep the winning tradition going, become a good teammate and, you know, play hard."
BN: When do you expect to arrive on campus?
[Theus said he expects to arrive on campus around June 10, unless he plays in a high school all-star game in June. If that is the case, he will arrive in late June.]
BN: Where do you think you will be in 10 years?
"First I see myself having a degree and having a good job. If I had a chance to play in the NFL, and if that doesn't happen, like I said, having a job, having a family and being an alumni of the Wisconsin Badgers."