WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW) - Wisconsin Rapids linebacker Vince Biegel spoke with Newsline 9 on Monday about his commitment to the UW football team for 2012. The Red Raiders junior says that he spoke with Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez before Saturday's spring game and made his intentions known then.
The Badgers won out over a final 5 schools that also included BYU, where Biegel's father Rocky played linebacker from 1988-1991. The other finalists were Michigan, Iowa, and Nebraska. Biegel says that his relationship with Wisconsin's coaches and the school's proximity to his home were the deciding factors in his decision. Rocky Biegel adds that he didn't shy away from giving his opinion during the recruiting process, but didn't push his son to attend his alma mater.
The younger Biegel was an all-state, all-region, and all-Wisconsin Valley Conference first team selection last season. He captained the Raiders as just a junior and lead them in tackles. Add to that 4 interceptions and 6 forced fumbles, and Rapids coach Tony Biolo knows first-hand the special type of player that UW is getting. He says he's happy Biegel chose the Badgers because it's important for the state to keep the best players at home.
Everyone involved knows that the work is just now beginning. Biegel says that the UW coaches want him to get bigger, faster, and stronger. He adds that he is willing to play wherever they want him, be it at his normal linebacker position, or rushing the quarterback from a defensive end spot. Rocky Biegel reminds us that nothing is guaranteed. He says his son will work hard between now and next fall and be ready to continue that process once he gets to Madison.