Wispers: Kelsch, Trussoni, Thompson
11/8/2006 - Wisconsin Sports Network
By Marlin Lee

DL David Kelsch (6-foot-3, 265 pounds), Sr., Kenosha Tremper

Over the past three years Kenosha Tremper's David Kelsch has proven to not only be one of the top defensive linemen in the Milwaukee area, but also in the state. Last season Kelsch was named 1st team all-state by the WFCA and honorable-mention all-state by the Associated Press and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. As a sophomore he received honorable-mention all-state and 2nd team all-area accolades from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel after he posted 16.5 sacks.

This season Kelsch has once again shown why he is deserving of all the awards and praise, and helped guide Tremper to a 7-4 finish and a 2nd round playoff appearance.

We recently spoke to Tremper Head Coach Frank Matrise to see what kind of recruiting interest his star player is receiving.

?David is receiving interest still from the MAC schools like Northern Illinois, Ball State, Western Michigan, Central Michigan. A little interest still from Michigan State, Indiana, and Illinois. Also D1-AA schools Northern Iowa, North Dakota State, Illinois State. No offers, but he is setting up visits right now.?

Kelsch, who also plays some fullback, totaled 25 carries for 108 yards (4.3 ypc), and seven touchdowns this season.

Kelsch is #6 overall prospect and #1 defensive lineman in the state.

QB/DB Dan Trussoni (6-foot-1, 185 pounds), Sr., De Soto

De Soto quarterback/defensive back Dan Trussoni is the epitome of a small school player. The 6-foot-1, 185 pound senior virtually never leaves the field and plays his heart out on each and every play of the game.

Last season he was a two-way 1st team all-conference performer, and it looks to be that way once again this season. This year Trussoni completed 134-of-254 passing attempts (53%) for 1,983 yards, 17 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. On defense he was a part of a tough unit that gave up only 10.3 points per game.

Unfortunately for Trussoni and his teammates, the Pirates fell a bit short of their state champion goal this season, losing a 2nd round match-up with Seneca.

While his high school football career is complete, Trussoni may not be done with football just yet. North Dakota State, Winona State, Pennsylvania, Southwest Minnesota State, Minnesota State, UW-La Crosse, UW-Stout, UW-Eau Claire, UW-Platteville, Hamline, Macalaster, St. Norbert, and Dubuque have all expressed interest in Trussoni playing at the college level.

Trussoni is on's ?Other Top Seniors? List.

RB/DB Jim Thompson (6-foot-1, 180 pounds), Sr., Hayward

When it comes to all-conference honors, I think it's safe to assume Hayward's Jim Thompson is the most decorated player in the state. This season Thompson earned 1st team all-Heart 'O' North Conference honors at running back, safety, punter, and kick returner.

This type of thing is nothing new for Thompson though. Last season he earned 1st team all-conference honors as a defensive back, punter, and kick returner, and 2nd team all-conference honors at running back. That followed a sophomore season in which he was named 1st team all-conference at running back and 2nd team all-conference at defensive back.

Just in case you lost count, that's eight 1st team all-conference selections and two 2nd team all-conference selections in a three year span. Not too shabby for a kid from Northwest Wisconsin, an area that usually doesn't get too much recognition.

With all of those awards to his name a number of colleges and universities have begun to take notice.

?Interest from Western Michigan, Wisconsin, North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Illinois, South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota-Duluth, and others,? Hayward Head Coach Dave Dixon said.

?Official visit to Minnesota-Duluth coming up soon.?

Thompson is's #7 defensive back prospect in the state.
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