Worth the Wait

After getting his coveted scholarship offer on Tuesday and weighing his option, Hartford Union linebacker Tyler Dippel decided Saturday that the University of Wisconsin was right for him.

Tyler Dippel knew that he was a good football player and other schools had concurred, as the 6-4, 240 pound linebacker from Hartford Union had received scholarship Central Michigan, Illinois State, Stanford and Western Michigan.

But for whatever the reason, even after he thought he made an impression at the school's junior day and during summer camp, the University of Wisconsin hadn't extended a scholarship offer, an offer that Dippel really wished for.

When the offer came on Tuesday, Dippel needed only three days to make his decision.

On Saturday morning, Dippel became the five Wisconsin player and 14th overall member of Wisconsin's 2009 recruiting class, giving his verbal commitment to the Badgers.

"They came to my game last week and said that I played a good game, which was surprising since I didn't think I played very well," Dippel said. "They told me that a scholarship opened up because of an injury and that they wanted to offer me. I was real excited to get the offer and real excited to call and tell the coaches."

Before the Wisconsin offer, Dippel had traveled to Stanford the first weekend of September to see the campus, the stadium and talk to the coaches in the program. But after Wisconsin offered, Dippel talked it over with his parents and decided to take the sure thing.

"Stanford was a real good experience but there was no guarantee that I would get into Stanford because they have such high requirements," he said. "After talking it over with my parents and weighing my options, I knew that I wanted to play at Wisconsin."

When he got his offer though, Dippel wasn't afraid to give the Badger coaches a good-natured ribbing.

"I said jokingly, ‘What took you so long?'" he said with a laugh. "Coach Bielema and Coach Bostad had a good laugh over that."

After earning all-state honors after his 130 tackle junior year, Dippel continued to engineer the Hartford defense, as the Orioles have allowed only 13 points all four of their wins this season.

Dippel has been playing at the linebacker position and on the defensive line this season, a position he will most likely play for the Badgers. Dippel already had visited Wisconsin once this year for a game (vs. Akron) and is coming up to the Ohio State game next weekend. After he sees the Badgers take on the Buckeyes, he is going to determine when his official visit.

While Dippel could graduate early, he said he is looking forward to his senior year of high school and, more importantly, is at ease that he will be in Madison in the fall.

"I'll do whatever or fit in however they want if it's going to help the team," he said. "I am just really excited to get to campus and get working with the defense. I am really looking forward to playing on this defense with those guys."

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