Time was Right for Biegel

He had four full ride BCS scholarship, including three to Big Ten schools, but Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln offensive lineman Hayden Biegel knew for a long time that playing for the badgers was going to be the right place for him.

MADISON - It appeared like it was going to be a decision that was going to tear at Hayden Biegel's heart strings.

After being offered a grayshirt by Wisconsin in mid March, the 6-6, 245-pound Biegel picked up full offers from Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State and Michigan State – allowing him the chance to come in and start competing right away.

It seemed tough, but it never really was, a decision the three-star tackle finalized with the Wisconsin coaching staff on Sunday following the Badgers' one-day summer camp.

"I just felt the time was right," Biegel told Badger Nation. "I can't see myself playing at any other school."

Biegel becomes the seventh verbal commitment in Wisconsin's 2013 recruiting class and joins Northland Pines (Wis.) athlete Austin Ramesh as grayshirt commits – meaning both players would be able to participate in next summer workouts but not be able to enroll until January 2014. Ironically, Ramesh also turned down a full offer from Michigan State to play in state.

"The grayshirt offer isn't a downside at all because it gives me more time to work on pass protection, add some more weight and get better," Biegel said. "The grayshirt isn't a bad thing at all."

Biegel – rated the No.88 offensive tackle in the country by Scout.com - admitted to having an up-and-down day at Wisconsin's one-day high school summer camp, struggling with his one-on-one pass protection, but was swayed to commit after getting positive feedback from offensive line coach Mike Markuson and the UW staff.

"Coach Bielema was really excited when I told them and so was the rest of the staff," said Biegel. "Everyone was really excited."

The UW staff was almost as excited as the Biegel household, as Hayden gave his father another Father's Day present - committing to the two time Big Ten champions just down the road where his older brother, Vince, will begin playing this fall.

"I know my dad is really happy that me and my brother are both going to be a Badgers," Biegel said. "My family has always wanted the best for me, and I am excited to be a Badger."

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