Big Ten Trips for Biegel

From no offers to two Big Ten offers in a month, Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln offensive lineman Hayden Biegel is just starting to heat up in the recruiting process.

MADISON - From getting lightly recruited to having two Big Ten scholarships, and possible a third, the recruiting process has gone from a frustration to a dream scenario for Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln offensive lineman Hayden Biegel.

That the mindset he found himself him after making two Big Ten visits to Wisconsin and Minnesota the last two weekends.

Spending last weekend at Wisconsin, Biegel was able to watch the Badgers go through a spring practice, meet with members of the coaching staff and a player's panel afterwards and spend time with the five other in-state recruits – Alec James, A.J. Natter, Chikwe Obasih, Austin Ramesh and T.J. Watt – that have an offer from the Badgers.

"It was nice that it was just the six guys from Wisconsin there," Biegel told Badger Nation. "They really want to keep the in-state kids in state. That's one of their higher priorities."

It was Biegel's first trip to the Wisconsin campus since coming to the school's junior day in February. On that Saturday, Biegel was told he had good film by offensive line coach Mike Markuson and that he might get an offer following UW's high school summer camp. Less than a month later, Biegel was offered a grayshirt scholarship by UW coach Bret Bielema.

A grayshirt opportunity means Biegel would officially sign in February 2013, but delay his enrollment until January 2014.

"Getting a chance to follow up with the coaches, they just want to keep moving our relationship forward," said Biegel. "I kind of like the grayshirt opportunity. It allows me to put some more weight on. I am definitely underweight and grayshirting would get me the opportunity to gain weight, which is what I really need to do."

Biegel – who also has offers from Illinois and North Dakota - is off to a good start, as he added 25 pounds between the end of the season and his junior day visit and has added another five pounds to get his weight up to 245.

"I feel a lot stronger and I want to make sure it's good weight," said Biegel. "I still have to be able to move. All the offers make me want to push myself harder in the weight room to get stronger."

This past weekend, Biegel made his first trip up to Minneapolis to see the campus of the University of Minnesota.

"It was a good visit and I got to see the stadium and meet the coaches," said Biegel. "I had a chance to visit with Coach Kill. He is a good guy."

Biegel said the two sides didn't talk about a scholarship offer, but said an offer might come this summer or if he decides to camp with the Gophers.

"I know the offensive coordinator (Matt Limegrover) and Coach Kill are interested," said Biegel.

Biegel has also been getting interest from Iowa State and Northern Illinois.

While the offer from Wisconsin was a big boost to him, Biegel says it hasn't changed his timetable or how he is approaching his recruitment. All it does, according to him, is give him an opportunity to place close to home and once again be a teammate with his older brother, Vince, who signed with Wisconsin this past February.

"He was really happy for me and I think he's exciting for the chance to play with me again," said Biegel of his brother. "We're both excited and of course it has an impact with a lot of family wanting me to go to Wisconsin. In the end though, it's my decision."

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