Although unable to start his official visit until Saturday morning because of a basketball game, Hirschfeld took a lot away from his two day visit.
"I wasn't able to go to the hockey game on Friday night with the coaches or other recruits but I got there on Saturday morning and we had a tour of Madison," Hirschfeld told BadgerNation. "The city is beautiful and during the middle of the day we went to the basketball game against Eastern Kentucky. We also got a tour of the campus, got to see what the dorms look like and got a taste of college life."
Hirschfeld was hosted by freshman defensive line Chikwe Obasih and the two hit it off well.
"Obasih is a great guy and a really funny person," Hirschfeld said. "We were cracking jokes with each other and he introduced me to some of the other members of the team. I met T.J. Watt and Ben Hemer and both were good guys."
Hirschfeld had a chance to talk with all of the coaches on his visit, but his longest conversation came with defensive line coach Chad Kauha'aha'a. After he was done talking with Kauha'aha'a, him, Milwaukee Marquette's Conor Sheehy and Sun Prairie's Craig Evans were ready to suit up for the Badgers.
"Coach Chad is a real intense guy and he was going over the base defense and how we would all fit in along the line and it was cool seeing how I'll be used in the future," Hirschfeld said. "After he was done talking Conor, Craig and I looked at each other and said all right were all ready to go for practice and asked where we can get our pads."
Hirschfeld had a chance to talk with all of the other eight official visitors, comparing recruits, past high school football games and how next year in Madison is going to be like. Hirschfeld had plenty to brag about after his team won its second straight WIAA Division 1 championship in November. An early season loss to Mequon Homestead taught Hirschfeld an early season lesson that he can apply when he arrives on the Madison campus.
"Coming into this year we had really high expectations as a team and we thought we were going to beat everyone we played," Hirschfeld said. "Although we met our goal winning state, our loss to Homestead taught me that I need to bring it every play. When I get to Madison I want to show off my motor and communicate along the defensive line and learn from my mistakes and just try and improve each day."