Clarifying the Comments

The third commitment to Wisconsin's 2012 recruiting class, Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln linebacker Vince Biegel has been working with his teammates in preparation for the upcoming season. He also is reportedly still interested in BYU ... kinda, sorta, maybe.

MADISON - It wasn't quite to the degree the embattled LeBron James experienced after losing game six of the NBA Finals, but Vince Biegel can relate to the NBA superstar whose poorly-spoken words and public-relation mishaps have been blown either out of proportion of taken in the wrong context.

Ending a difficult recruiting process at the end of April, Biegel chose to play close to home at the University of Wisconsin instead of following in the footsteps of his father, Rocky Biegel, and play at BYU. It was a huge recruiting get for Wisconsin, as the four-star linebacker – rated No.22 at the outside position in the country by – is considered the best player in the state for 2013.

So when a story broke about Biegel still talking to BYU coaches despite giving UW head coach Bret Bielema a verbal commitment at the spring game in April and potentially taking a visit to the Cougars campus for a game against in-state rival Utah next season, message board hysteria quickly ensued from one extreme to the next.

Thursday, Biegel went on record to emphatically declare his intentions to play for the University of Wisconsin in the future.

"I read the story, too, and I think it got blown out of proportion," Biegel told Badger Nation Thursday. "What I said was that I still talk to BYU once every two weeks or so to say hi, and I know BYU is still interested. But, I am not the type of guy that changes my mind. BYU is a great school, but something bad would have to happen at Wisconsin to fully change my mind. I am fully committed to Wisconsin, I am excited to be a Badger and I fully plan on being a Badger."

"I may still go out there for a game, I don't know, because everything is up in the air right now, but I am 100 percent committed to Wisconsin."

Biegel also clarified that BYU and Wisconsin have talked about playing a home-and-home series starting in 2014, not have signed an agreement to play, although that series could still be a possibly.

"When I went to visit BYU in the early spring, they said they were talking about having a series between the two schools, which would be so much fun to play my dad's old school," Biegel said. "Time will tell if that happens."

Biegel led Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln to the second round of the state playoffs and a 7-4 record. Named the school's first junior captain, Biegel backed up the honor with roughly 175 tackles, four interceptions and six forced fumbles, the main reason he was awarded first team all-conference, all-region and all-state honors.

This summer, Biegel and his teammates have been busy, doing organized team activities with the coaches to keep the rust off.

"Our coaches are coaching us, out there pushing us and it's for sure good to get us in the swing of things before I start going to camps," Biegel said. "It's nice to brush up the skills, put on the helmet and shoulder pads and play football again."

Biegel will attend all three days of Wisconsin's summer camp, an experience he says he's excited for to finally get the opportunity to work with new linebackers coach Dave Huxtable.

"I've been staying in touch with Coach Hux and Coach Bostad and continuing to talk to the guys," Biegel said. "I am excited to get down there this week and be able to get coaches by Coach Huxtable. I am also planning on going so I can talk to the coaches and see what I can do to help recruit some guys."

Even without Biegel's help, Wisconsin has put together an impressive start to its 2012 recruiting class, grabbing the state's other top player – Vonte Jackson – along with three other four-star players.

"It's been nothing but positive and I am thrilled for the coaches," Biegel said. "It's a bunch of exciting, positive guys coming into the program and the ball is rolling with a quarterback. I think Wisconsin fans should be excited about the class."

They will be, knowing that Biegel is still a big part of it.

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