This past weekend Kirpes, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound OLB from Rowlett High School, traveled north to check out his lone BCS offer, and leader, a little closer.
"I arrived in Madison at around 9 o'clock on Thursday morning," Kirpes told Badger Nation early Sunday. "Then we just hung out in Madison and went around the town a little bit, and saw everything with my family. Then Friday morning at 9, I started the visit. I met with an academic advisor, Coach Bielema and Coach Doeren. Then Coach Cooks took me and my family out to eat. We got lunch and then he showed us the campus."
Having only seen a few Division III schools in Texas, Kirpes was impressed with what he saw at Wisconsin. "I mean the campus is awesome. It (the campus) was huge. I liked it. It was cool how it spread out through the entire city," Kirpes explained. "The coaches were awesome. I loved Camp Randall. I have been to a lot of D3 football games, but that is the first D1 football stadium that I have been at."
Kirpes also had the chance to meet Coach Bielema. "Me, my parents, and Coach Bielema sat down to talk," Kirpes said. "We just talked about everything. We talked about when I make the decision to commit to make sure it is the right choice. So, visiting other campuses would be good just to see where something is and just so when I do make my final decision it's 100 percent."
While in Madison, Kirpes felt very comfortable. He said, "I did (get the urge to commit), but I told myself before that I wasn't going to rush into it. Just like Coach Bielema said, I want to be 100 percent into it.
"I just want to make sure I make the right choice. I have no visits scheduled and I really haven't talked anything over with my dad."
Asked if Wisconsin was still his number one, Kirpes responded, "Definitely. I love it."