Badger Nation's Middle Linebackers

Losing two senior starters in the linebacker unit after the 2008 season, the Badgers have shown that bolstering their linebackers for 2009 is top priority. When it comes to the middle linebackers, Wisconsin does not have to look outside its borders for top talent.

2009 high school middle linebackers that Wisconsin has shown legitimate interest in

A.J. Klein (three stars)

6-foot-1, 210 pounds

Kimberly H.S. – Kimberly, Wisconsin


Carrying the state football trophy around Camp Randall after his Kimberly team capped its perfect 14-0 season last fall, Klein thought that he was on top of the world. Well, not quite yet, but he's getting there.

After recording an incredible 166 tackles and 11 sacks last season, Klein's recruiting has shot through the roof. He already has offers from Iowa State and Western Michigan and plans on taking summer visits to both of those campuses. He took an unofficial visit to East Lansing earlier this spring to meet some of the Spartan coaching staff and attend spring practices. He's been in contact with Bielema and Bostad and has taken calls from former Badger defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz, now at Northwestern. Furthermore, he's gotten handwritten letters from Indiana and Northern Illinois and Wyoming has visited his school.

Klein camped at Wisconsin and barring any major problems, should receive a scholarship offer down the line, which would make the Wisconsin native very happy.

Status: No Offered Scholarship – Medium to High Interest

Tyler Dippel (three stars)

6-foot-4, 241 pounds, 4.8 40-yard dash

Hartford Union H.S. – Hartford, Wisconsin


Currently with two offers from Western Michigan and Illinois State, Dippel is one of the top prospects in the state of Wisconsin.

After earning second team All-Conference after recording 49 tackles his sophomore year, Dippel was an all-state selection his junior year after having 130 tackles, 50 solo tackles, seven forced fumbles and an interception.

His play drew a handful of college last season as, South Dakota, South Dakota State, North Dakota State, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Central Michigan, Stanford and Northwestern all made a visit to Hartford to see Dippel.

Already traveling to Notre Dame, Purdue and Wisconsin for the school's junior days, Dippel is working out in summer camps at Minnesota, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Purdue, Western Michigan and Wisconsin.

While different schools are looking at him in different positions (Wisconsin potentially as a defensive end and Notre Dame as a fullback), Dippel enjoys quarterbacking the defense and would prefer not to change positions unless he had to.

With Wisconsin has been his favorite since late September, Dippel, after having a solid camp this summer, is apparently still very high on Wisconsin's list and an offer from the Badgers may soon be on his table.

Status: No Offered Scholarship – Medium to High Interest

Austin Moss (three stars)

6-foot-3, 210 pounds, 4.64 40-yard dash

Rockwall-Heath H.S. – Rockwall, Texas


Holding an offer since early spring 2007, Austin Moss has been on the Badgers' radar from the very beginning. Ranked on ESPN's Top 150 watch list, Moss bench presses 325 pounds and squats 475 pounds, but all that fails in comparison to his incredible junior year.

Moss, the 17th-ranked middle linebacker by Scout, recorded 142 tackles, one interception, 14 tackles for loss, five sacks, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in a solid junior campaign; a season in which he was named Class 5A first team All-State, District Defensive MVP and first team All-Area.

Moss has an offer from Arkansas, Arizona, Baylor, Cincinnati, Kansas, Kansas State, Louisville, Mississippi, Oklahoma State, TCU, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin among others and has set no timetable for his decision nor picked a favorite. Therefore it's hard to gauge his interest in any team, let alone Wisconsin.

Status: Offered Scholarship – Medium Interest

Chris Borland (three stars)

6-foot-0, 213 pounds

Archbishop Alter H.S. – Kettering, Ohio

With his dad growing up in Madison, having many family and friends in the state and watching and rooting for the Badgers every game on television, Chris Borland knew where he wanted to play college football. That reason alone was why he waited barely four hours to commit to the Badgers after receiving his scholarship.

Borland impressed Wisconsin's coaches with his versatility and ability to play multiple positions during UW's three-day summer camp earlier this week. During his junior year at Atler H.S., Borland was the team's punter, running back, wide receiver and kick returner. At running back, Borland averaged over 7.0 yards per carry, over 21.0 on kick returns and 37.0 yards per punt.

It's unclear now where Wisconsin is going to put him on the field, as he told Badger Nation he worked out as a fullback, tight end, linebacker and cornerback. Wherever he goes, Wisconsin is assured that they are getting a strong athlete.

Status: Offered Scholarship – Wisconsin Commit


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