Decision Looming for Biegel

Narrowing his list from 10 scholarship offers down to his final two, Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln linebacker Vince Biegel talks about his visit to BYU, his final two schools and his tentative timetable.

MADISON - One of the top high school seniors-to-be in the state of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln linebacker Vince Biegel wanted to make his decision before the end of the school year, but didn't want to make his choice without taking a full look at BYU.

Spending time skiing with family in Park City, Utah, Biegel made sure his spring break was a combination of relaxation and recruitment. Having visited cousins out at BYU several times before and having camped with the Cougars when he was eighth grade and again last year for a high school camp, Biegel never had a chance to see the whole campus, meet all the coaches and get the full picture.

That changed between trips down the slopes.

"I got to meet all the coaches, the players, go into some of their meetings and get a full picture of what life would be like at BYU," Biegel told Badger Nation Friday. "I knew that BYU was going to show me their best because I had been planning it for awhile."

With 10 scholarship offers from around the country, the visit to BYU has allowed Biegel to narrow his list to two finalists – BYU and Wisconsin.

"Both schools are great schools and to be honest, they both have more positives than negatives," Biegel said. "They are both really good schools and now I finally I have been to both places, I got what both schools have to offer and now I have to digest it all and go from there."

The decision for Biegel won't come down to distance, but down to the place he feels that he can go, be himself and where he fits in.

"Looking at both schools, they are polar opposites," Biegel said. "That's why kids go on all the recruiting trips, to see what university they fit in at and where they can do their best in."

One of the benefits Wisconsin has working for it is the relationship Biegel has formed with new linebackers coach Dave Huxtable. Close with former defensive coordinator Dave Doeren, Biegel was disappointed when Doeren left for Northern Illinois, but has been pleased with the relationship he's forged with the former defensive coordinator from Central Florida.

"I really like Coach Doeren a lot because he's such a good coach, but Coach Huxtable is an awesome guy," Biegel said. "I am really high on him. He's my type of guy. He's a guy that's a hard working guy and I am like him a lot. I know that Wisconsin brings in the best coaches they can and they aren't going to bring in a guy that isn't the best."

Biegel plans one more trip to Wisconsin for a spring practice and make his decision shortly thereafter, meaning the high three-star linebacker will be committed within the next three weeks. Does he slightly favor one over the other?

"I am excited about both schools and if I have to say who has the edge a little bit, I would probably say Wisconsin," Biegel said. "I like Wisconsin a lot, but we'll see how it comes out."

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