Vandenheuvel closes the deal

After contemplating his scholarship offer, Hudson lineman decides Wisconsin is the place

Eric Vandenheuvel received a scholarship offer from Wisconsin in June, following his participation in a Badger football camp.

He needed time to mull over the offer and see what might arise from other schools, but Tuesday he announced that he will play his college football at the University of Wisconsin. He had earlier told Wisconsin offensive line coach Jim Hueber of his decision.

Vandenheuvel, a mammoth, 6-foot-7, 330-pound offensive tackle from Hudson (Wis.) High School, will join former teammate Kraig Urbik in Madison. Urbik begins his first season with Wisconsin when fall camp begins Wednesday.

Vandenheuvel played right tackle at Hudson last season, but will adopt Urbik's left tackle spot this year. The Badgers recruited Vandenheuvel as a right tackle.

The Insiders Midwest recruiting analyst Chris Pool has Vandenheuvel ranked as a Midwest Hot 100 selection and one of the sleepers in the Class of 2005.

Vandenheuvel's comments on his commitment:

"I received the offer after camp and after I got it that was the only offer I had and really I just wanted to think about it because I was still negotiating with the (Minnesota) coach and the coaches from Notre Dame. And I needed to know if I could get an offer from them and see what college would suit me best.

"And during that time I did some research on the different colleges and after a while, you know, it is kind of getting late now. And with that great offer right in front of me I just decided to take it.

"Now I can relax knowing that I'm going to be a Badger. I've got that whole decision behind me. Now, I can just go relax and play the game."

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