Hirschfeld Updates Recruitment

A defensive end and key component to Hartland (Wis.) Arrowhead, ranked the top Division 1 team in the state of Wisconsin, junior Billy Hirschfeld has been getting early interest from a number of BCS schools, including Wisconsin.

MADISON - Wisconsin's first commitments in the 2014 class came courtesy of Hartland Arrowhead offensive guard George Panos prior to Wisconsin's spring game. Panos, along with other top juniors, has turned the Warhawks into one of the top ranked teams in the state. One of those standouts is 6-6, 270-pound defensive end Billy Hirschfeld.

"Our season is going great," Hirschfeld told Badger Nation. "We are undefeated so far and we play Waukesha South next game. Hopefully we can keep our winning streak going. I could probably patch up a few things but everything is good. As for stats, I believe I have at least three sacks and a lot of solo tackles. I could work on getting off blocks better and also have a better pursuit at the ball carrier, though."

On the recruiting side of things, Hirschfeld has been getting interest from all different directions, but still the offers haven't come calling.

"It's going well," Hirschfeld said. "Northern Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Toledo, Ball State, Nebraska, and Pittsburgh have been inviting me to games on the weekend. Other (than) those schools I have also gotten interest from Michigan State, Northwestern, Notre Dame. Plus from what I've heard, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas are also looking at me, as well."

With the Badgers being right in the middle of things in the list of schools interested in Hirschfeld, Wisconsin has the advantage of having some of his family already being fans.

"I have been getting a lot of emails and letters from them about the program, staff, or inviting me down to Camp Randall to watch their games," Hirschfeld said. "I have been in touch with some coaches like Ben Strickland and Bart Miller. I just received a letter from them saying that they really like how I'm playing so far this season and that their staff is thinking about me, as well.

"I've liked Wisconsin ever since I was little, watching them win, going to the Rose Bowl and also winning there. I like the coaching staff there; Bart Miller, Ben Strickland, Charlie Partridge and Coach (Bret) Bielema. When I met them at camp, it was great talking to them and when they were helping me become a better player. When I met Coach Miller, he was a cool guy and seemed real happy to see me at the game last weekend."

While the talks of getting an offer hasn't came up yet, a visit to Camp Randall for the Utah State game drew rave reviews.

" I had a blast watching them," said Hirschfeld. "I also enjoyed talking to the other recruits for Wisconsin. I was talking to Dominic Cizaukas, Brandon Hines, Luke Rasmussen, T.J. Watt, Panos and (teammate) Matt Seitz. I talked to these guys the most when I was there, not as much with George and Matt because I see them at school and at practice, but with Brandon, Luke, TJ, and Dom I just had a blast talking about football, their seasons and the other schools they are getting recruited by."

This is a pivotal season for many prospects trying to impress BCS programs and working on getting their team to the state championship game, but Hirschfeld has many more goals than only those.

"As a team we want that gold ball and win the state title," he said. "After last year's season, that's what we as a team have talked about for so long. We have been preparing for this season and its challenges ahead. We want to prove that we are the best team in Wisconsin and also to be a force to be reckoned with. My goals are to become a better player by improving my speed off and towards the ball and improve my ability to shed blocks on run and pass plays. I want to show colleges that they would need me more on defense than offense, to become the leader that people wanted me to be and to be able to lead this team to a state title."

Visits aren't on top on Hirschfeld's priorities as much as school and football is, but his game is something that surely is a known commodity to many, especially himself.

"My game is (to) bull rush the offensive linemen," he said. "I have been working on using other moves then just the bull rush like the spin move, swim, rip, and also just a simple run pass the offensive linemen."

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