Wisconsin Rapids (Wisc.) Lincoln junior linebacker Vince Biegel snapped up three quick offers to kick off his recruitment, and one of those offers had the 6-3, 210-pound prospect considering a commitment. After a coaching change, though, Biegel has decided to hold off on making his college selection.
The class of 2012 prospect listed Wisconsin as his early leader after picking up scholarship offers from the Badgers, BYU and Iowa. Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Doeren took the head coaching job at Northern Illinois earlier this month, however, and that was the assistant Biegel was closest with.
"We obviously took into consideration that if I committed to Wisconsin Coach Doeren might be leaving," Beigel said. "Obviously he left, and I just told Wisconsin I'm going to hold off on a decision. They said they are going to bring in a new linebackers coach, and I kind of want to meet him and talk to him. Your position coach can be a father figure and mentor to you, so I really want to get to know my position coach before I commit anywhere."
Biegel's father played for BYU, so the family has close ties to that program. He also made an unofficial visit to Nebraska this past fall and has been talking with several more schools about possible scholarship offers. Wisconsin, however, is still the leader despite Doeren's departure.
"I'm excited about these other schools too, but obviously the front runner is Wisconsin," Biegel said. "I've been talking a lot to the Oregon Ducks and I am probably going to make a recruiting trip out there soon. Michigan State, I have been talking to them too. They said they wanted to offer me a full ride. BYU is another awesome school that I am looking at. I am going to fly out there during their spring ball."
Now that he has slowed the recruiting process down, Beigel expects his decision to come after he has had a chance to make visits to the other schools on his list.
"When I make my decision it is going to be final," Biegel said. "I'm not the type of kid who will be de-committing and committing somewhere else. When I make the decision I'll know deep down where the right place is for me."
Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln lost in the second round of the playoffs to rival Stevens Point and finished the season with a 7-4 record. For his efforts, Biegel was awarded first team all-conference, first team all-region and first team all-state honors. He was also the first junior captain in school history and finished his junior season with close to 175 tackles, four interceptions and six forced fumbles..
"I had two full rides going into my junior season, so obviously I had high expectations," Biegel said. "We had a really strong team this year and we're looking to come back next year strong as well."
Next week Biegel will test himself against the best in the country when he attends the U.S. Army Junior Combine in San Antonio, Tex.
"I'm pretty excited and have been training all winter after football," Biegel said. "I'm excited to go down there, have fun, but also take into consideration that this is a business trip and just roll with it. Me and my coaches, we have set some goals with my forty and reps on the bench. Obviously I want to do my best, and it's a great honor to do this thing."