6’3″, 210 pounds
Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
247 Sports — Four Stars, No. 22 Linebacker, No. 1 Player in Wisconsin
Rivals — Four Stars, No. 8 Linebacker, No. 1 Player in Wisconsin
Scout — Four Stars, No. 28 Linebacker
ESPN — Four Stars, No. 13 Linebacker
By almost all accounts, 2012 is a down year for high school football prospects in the state of Wisconsin. So, it was imperative that the Badgers locked in the No. 1 rated recruit in the state. And they did just that in April when Vince Biegel, a 210-pound linebacker from Wisconsin Rapids, verbally committed to the University of Wisconsin.
Biegel, who was recruited by Bob Bostad, had offers from Brigham Young, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northern Illinois, Stanford and Tennessee. He listed a final three of Wisconsin, Brigham Young and Michigan before he gave Bret Bielema his verbal commitment at the spring game at Camp Randall.
The linebacker, who will play in the showcase Army All-American game in January, told WAOW that he felt comfortable with Wisconsin’s coaches and likes that the school is close to his home. The coaches have reportedly asked Biegel to work on getting bigger, faster and stronger before he enrolls in 2012.
As a junior, Biegel put up some impressive stats. He had 175 tackles, four interceptions, six forced fumbles and two recovered fumbles on his way to an all-state, all-region and all-Wisconsin Valley Conference season. He also became the first junior captain in Lincoln Raiders history.
“Biegel’s instincts and playing speed allow for excellent production against the run and pass,” according to ESPN. “Has the size and athleticism for the outside linebacker position at the major level of competition. Displays the solid wrap tackling skills, which should be productive as a special team’s coverage player.”
Biegel made headlines several weeks after his commitment by seemingly saying he was keeping the door open to his second choice in recruiting — BYU. It was no surprise the Cougars wouldn’t give up easily on Biegel, who is the son of former BYU linebacker Rocky Biegel and was reportedly the team’s top defensive target for 2012, but he quickly responded to that speculation and helped Badgers fans feel better about his verbal commitment.
“BYU is a great school, but something bad would have to happen at Wisconsin to fully change my mind,” Biegel told Badger Nation. “I am fully committed to Wisconsin, I am excited to be a Badger and I fully plan on being a Badger.”
And Biegel has even joined several other 2012 Wisconsin prospects in going above and beyond simply committing to the program.
“I’ll be calling guys, talking to guys to get the best recruiting class that Wisconsin can possibly get,” he told the Salt Lake Tribune.
It’s certainly shaping up to be a great class, partly because Bielema and company landed the state’s top recruiting prize in Biegel.