Hirschfeld Back in Madison

Busy on the recruiting front and leading the defense on the top-ranked high school team in the state, Hartland (Wis.) Arrowhead defensive end Billy Hirschfeld recaps another unofficial visit to Wisconsin.

MADISON - In the cross division battle against Minnesota for Paul Bunyan's Axe, Wisconsin had many in-state recruits take in the game. Hartland (Wis.) Arrowhead 6-5, 268-pound junior defensive end Billy Hirschfeld got to take in another Wisconsin home game and had another positive experience.

"It was great," Hirschfeld told Badger Nation. "I had breakfast with some of my teammates that were invited to the game like Matt Seitz and George Panos, talked with some of the recruitments like Luke Rasmussen. I went into the locker room and got to hold the axe and got to talk to some old friends that are on the team."

With Arrowhead HS sending out D-1 players yearly, it really has paid dividends to Wisconsin with Hirschfeld feeling comfortable around some familiar faces.

"The people that came up to me, old friends that were on the team and some of the recruits that I usually don't talk to, stood out to me on my visit," said Hirschfeld. "I was able to talk to Derek Landisch, Drew Meyer, Jake Rademacher and Kevin MacCudden. People I used to work out with, play with on the field and recruits like Chikwe Obasih came up to me to say hello. Those players told me if I ever had any questions to ask them and they would help me out."

Recruits and current players were not the only people he got to talk to as Coach Strickland and Coach Partridge briefly got to chat with the talented in-state defensive end. Unfortunately Coach Miller didn't get the chance to do the same, but Hirschfeld has built a strong foundation with him and Coach Strickland through multiple social networks.

"Coach Partridge and coach Strickland both asked how Arrowhead was doing and how I was doing in the season," Hirschfeld said. "They said it was great to see us there. Both coaches were in a rush because they had to get on the field right away and I wasn't able to talk to Coach Miller. My relationship is good with Coach Strickland and Coach Miller. I'm able to talk to Coach Strickland via Facebook, email and phone. Coach Miller I am able to contact by Facebook."

While Hirschfeld wishes his chat with some of the coaching staff could have went longer, the rating he handed out to the Badgers is still impressive.

"A nine I would rate the visit because I had fun watching the game," he said. "I was able to see and talk to old friends on the team, I got a little more connected with some of the recruits, but I wish I was able to talk a little longer with some of the coaching staff though."

After the visit to Madison, where did it put the Badgers on Hirschfeld's leaderboard?

" They are one of my top choices. I mean I've said I grew up loving Wisconsin Football, but it doesn't mean I'll take an offer from them right away. There are other schools that I like now, but Wisconsin is one of my top choices."

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