In Wisconsin Rapids, the last name “Biegel” might as well translate to “big-time football player.”
It was the case for Rocky Biegel, who was a standout at BYU from 1988-1991. Then came Vince Biegel, who will begin his freshman year at the University of Wisconsin this fall.
Hayden Biegel can now be added to the mix, and he is the biggest of them all. The Raiders’ 6-foot-6, 250-pound offensive lineman made his college choice Sunday when he committed to play for the University of Wisconsin.
“I knew I was a top choice for them and I’m an in-state guy,” Hayden Biegel said. “(The Badgers) knew I wanted to go there. It’s a different feeling being there and being in-state. When you run out of the tunnel, you’re representing your state.”
Biegel will greyshirt with the Badgers, meaning he won’t enroll until January 2014. Some may question that move in relation to offers from other schools, but Biegel is looking at it from another vantage point.
“I am an offensive lineman and only 250 pounds,” he said. “I have plenty of time to workout to get bigger and stronger. A lot of people might think it’s negative, but I don’t look at it like that.”
Biegel chose the Badgers over offers from North Dakota, Illinois, Iowa State, Michigan State and Iowa.
While being the state school helped, so did having his brother on campus. For his part, Vince is happy for his brother — and future teammate.
“I am excited he is making the best decision for himself,” said Vince, who got to Madison on June 2 and is already working to earn playing time in the fall. “I’m excited for him. This is something he’s worked for and it’s his time.
“It’ll be fun (having him in Madison).”
Hayden Biegel got a taste of the recruiting process by going through it with Vince, and that helped him make a decision earlier so that he can concentrate on his final year of high school.
“When he went through the process, I was with him along the way,” said Hayden, who added he was now done with the recruiting process. “One of the reasons I committed was to get it over with so I can focus on my senior year.”