Commitment Impact: Billy Hirschfeld

The fifth verbal commit of Wisconsin's 2014 recruiting class, Hartland (WI) Arrowhead defensive end Billy Hirschfeld was made for a 3-4 defense with his frame, size and ability to move. Badger Nation looks at Hirscfeld's impact.

Committed Over: Billy Hirschfeld picked Wisconsin on May 15 over offers from Illinois, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska and Pittsburgh.

Rated: Currently ranked a three-star prospect and the No.37 defensive end in the country by Fox Sports Next.

On Film: Hirschfeld was made for a 3-4 defense with his frame, size and ability to move his 6-6, 270-pound body laterally. Watching him play, Hirschfeld can easily add more weight and be affective for Wisconsin off the edge. He is long and athletic, which is a great combination for a defensive end.

Our good friend Allen Trieu – national recruiting analyst for Fox – thinks Hirschfeld runs players down and gives good effort. Trieu continues, "He's tall, so playing with better pad level will be important for him, but he has the size, strength and toughness you like in a defensive lineman. Blue collar kind of kid. Really good pickup, especially once you factor in his high school and how he fits the system."

Recruiting Impact: Losing all three projected starters off the defensive line following this season, the Badgers need able bodies to come in and fit the 3-4 scheme. Now the Badgers have locked down the two best defensive ends in the state with Hirschfeld and Conor Sheehy. UW will probably target one or two more ends in this class depending on numbers, but have a good foundation with these two along with in-staters Alec James and Chikwe Obasih in the 2013 class.

Portland Central Catholic's Connor Humphreys, Menifee (CA) Hertiage Sione Takitaki and Oviedo (FL) High's Tyree Owens (who just got offered Wednesday) all are possibilities while Omaha (NE) Milliard West's Harrison Phillips could earn an offer at camp.

Quotable: "I just felt that I didn't need to go on anymore visits. I was comfortable with the staff and the program."

Final Thought: Five down and one to go in order for head coach Gary Andersen to sweep up all of the "Super Six," which would be a tremendous accomplishment for the first coach wanting to come in and establish in-state recruiting from the start. A year after a coaching shuffle put Wisconsin behind the eight ball with Milton (WI) defensive end A.J. Natter, ultimately seeing him pick Nebraska, the Badgers' new coaching staff targeted Hirschfeld early and spent a lot of time making him feel comfortable. The result ended up getting him to pick Wisconsin over the Cornhuskers.

This commitment is big for Wisconsin on many levels – not limited to its in-state recruiting reputation and finding the right players for the Badgers' 3-4 defense.

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