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Shortly after his team took home their second straight Division I title, Hartland (Wisc.) Arrowhead 2016 offensive lineman Ben Bredeson made an unofficial visit to see the home-state Badgers.
"I went to Wisconsin on Thanksgiving to watch practice, tour the locker room, see the stadium and all that," Bredeson said. "I went with Billy (Hirschfeld) and obviously he knows all the coaches, but I had never been there, so the coaches took me around a tour of Camp Randall. I talked to a lot of coaches there, so that was a good trip."
Hirschfeld, a teammate of Bredson's at Arrowhead, is a class of 2014 commitment to Wisconsin at defensive end. He obviously had a strong familiarity with the Badger's coaching staff when the pair visited on Thanksgiving, but Bredeson was encouraged by the attention the coaches paid him as well.
"I got a lot of attention from the coaches and had a good feel about it," Bredeson said. "A lot of coaches knew my name before I got there."
Bredeson had made a previous unofficial visit to Michigan State for their home game on Nov. 2. Iowa State is another school that is picking up their interest in the sophomore lineman.
"Iowa State had me call them last week," Bredeson said. "They want me to come out in the springtime with Sam to go out to Ames and look around. Sam is really excited and wants to get me down there. He has been talking about it for awhile, so I'll definitely be going out there sometime in the spring."
Bredeson is playing basketball this winter for Arrowhead's varsity, but admits his role is primarily to spell Hirschfeld when he needs a break and throw his 6-foot-4, 260-pound body around in the paint.
"Basketball is fun for me and I enjoy doing it, but I make the most out of making my football skills better through basketball," Bredeson said. "I work on footwork a lot and conditioning and explosiveness."
Josh Helmholdt is the Midwest Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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