VandeBerg Impressed with Wisconsin

After performing well enough at Wisconsin's high school summer camp to earn an opportunity with the Badgers, Brandon Valley (SD) wide receiver Matthew VandeBerg returns to the UW program to get a closer look.

MADISON - Although impressing the Wisconsin coaching staff enough during high school summer camp to earn a preferred walk-on offer, Brandon Valley (SD) wide receiver Matthew VandeBerg never got the full picture of everything the UW campus had to offer. After a weekend unofficial visit, that picture became a little clearer.

"It seems like a very historic place," VandeBerg told Badger Nation. "I loved the way people mingled. We had a tour of the entire campus and I think it's really cool that they have their union on the lake. They have places where everybody hangs out, so it impressed me with how flexible everything is.

"I didn't realize that Wisconsin was under construction as far as the weight room is concerned," VandeBerg added. "It was big to be able to talk to the strength and conditioning coach. I really like what coach Ben Herbert does. He looks like a guy who makes sure he gets the job done. I like what I saw from him, because that's obviously something you don't get from camp. It was a real good visit."

Although unable to meet with coach Bret Bielema, who offered VandeBerg the walk-on opportunity, because of the Big Ten meetings in Chicago, VandeBerg (6-1, 170) got more time to build his relationship with wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni.

"I really like coach Azzanni," said VandeBerg. "I think he's great. We had a pretty good report at camp, so it was good to come back and feel that again. I liked him for what we did at camp. He has a good personality that blends well with mine."

Running a 4.49 forty at Minnesota's camp, VandeBerg recorded 67 catches for 1,081 and 15 touchdowns on offense and had 53 tackles and nine interceptions on defense. Wisconsin is recruiting him as a receiver while Iowa – which has offered him a grayshirt - is recruiting him as an athlete.

VandeBerg said Iowa State and Minnesota both stated that they were impressed with his performance at its respective camps, but that they want to see some senior film before moving forward. With that thought in mind, VandeBerg has immersed himself in his team's workouts to put his best foot forward.

"We do agility training for 45 to an hour in the morning and then lift for 45 minutes to an hour three to four days a week," said VandeBerg. "I work with my defensive back buddies on our own two to three times a week, putting all the drills I have learned at camp to use. I also work with a personal trainer three or four times a week to make sure I am in the best shape possible."


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