Top Wisconsin Junior Talks Recruiting

One of the top junior prospects in Wisconsin is Tyler Dippel, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound, linebacker/fullback, from Hartford (Union). Dipple had a terrific junior season and he has given up basketball to concentrate on football. Orioles head coach Dan Brunner says Dipple's stock has never been higher.

"If Tyler Dippel isn't the top junior in Wisconsin, he's got to be top five." Coach Brunner told Badger Nation.

"Tyler really upped his stock this year because he has shown the ability to not only be a great defender but now he's added the fact that he can be a devastating lead blocker at the next level as well.

"So many schools run the spread offense now that only a few schools need a bruising fullback. Wisconsin uses their fullbacks a lot and Tyler would be a perfect fit for their offense.

"Defensively, Tyler was our middle linebacker. He has tremendous instincts and plays sideline-to-sideline. Dippel hits like a ton of bricks and every opposing coach we've played can vouch for that statement.

"I don't know if Tyler has the straight-line speed to play linebacker in the Big Ten but he could be a very good defensive end, defensive tackle, fullback or even tight end."

Dippel has started every game at linebacker for Union since his sophomore year and he's starting to get attention from some of the top college football programs around the country.

"Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Iowa, Duke, Illinois, Indiana, Northern Illinois, Central Michigan and Western Michigan are the schools that are sending me hand-written letters.

"I don't have any offers yet and my favorites right now are Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Michigan, Illinois, Ohio State and USC."

If Wisconsin offers, are the Badgers a slam-dunk to get a verbal commitment from Dipple?

"I know a lot of high school football players grow up dreaming of playing for the Badgers," Dippel explained. "But I actually grew up in California and moved to Wisconsin when I was 12.

"I like Wisconsin a lot. I've never been over there for a game or anything like that yet but I know how crazy it is and the Badgers are definitely high on list of favorites. I just want to take a look at all of my opportunities and make the best decision for myself.

"I'm looking for a school with a great football tradition and also a school with strong academics. I'm going to keep an open mind throughout the process."

Tyler Dippel had 130 tackles, 50 solo tackles, 7 forced fumbles and an interception in 2007. He was an all-state selection.

Dippeltold Badger Nation that he definitely plans on attending the Wisconsin camp this summer. He carries a 3.5 GPA in the classroom.

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