Badgers Grab Hirschfeld

Seeing no reason to wait any longer, Hartland (WI) Arrowhead defensive end Billy Hirschfeld committed to Wisconsin Wednesday, the fifth member of Wisconsin's 'Super Six' to commit to the Badgers.

Saying he wanted to wait until the end of the summer before making his college decision, it turns out that Hartland (WI) Arrowhead defensive end Billy Hirschfeld had a clear indication of what he was going to do for a long time.

The last player offered a scholarship by the former coaching staff, Hirschfeld committed to Wisconsin in person on Wednesday, becoming the fifth commit for Wisconsin's 2014 class and joins teammate George Panos in the class.

"I can't hold it in anymore and I can't wait any longer," Hirschfeld tweeted, "but I just wanted to say …. I AM COMMITTING TO WISCONSIN!!"

A three-star prospect ranked the 37th-best defensive end in the country by Fox Sports Next, the 6-5, 268-pound Hirschfeld picked Wisconsin over offers from Illinois, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Pittsburgh. Hirschfeld visited Nebraska multiple times and visited the Spartans for the school's junior day, but felt Madison was the best fit.

"I just felt that I didn't need to go on anymore visits," Hirschfeld told Badger Nation. "I was comfortable with the staff and the program."

As a junior, Hirschfeld helped Arrowhead win a state title and go undefeated. He recorded 64 tackles (17 for loss), 11 sacks, three forced fumbles and three deflected passes. He is expected to fit nicely into the Badgers' 3-4 defense as a hybrid pass rusher.

"They said I'll be a defensive end and have me slanting and all that," Hirschfeld said. "I mean that's what I've played before. It's on the defensive line so I'm use to it."

That was the main reason that head coach Gary Andersen was "fired up" when Hirschfeld walked into his office and delivered the news.

"He said he can't wait to get me to Madison," said Hirschfeld. "It's a relief knowing my decision is done."

Hirschfeld joins Panos, Sun Prairie defensive tackle Craig Evans, Monona Grove offensive lineman Jaden Gault and Milwaukee Marquette defensive end Conor Sheehy in the 2014 class.

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