January 25, 2011

Spartans offer Wisconsin LB

One of the best linebacker prospects in the Midwest for the class of 2012 will most certainly be Vince Biegel of Lincoln High school in Wisconsin Rapids. SpartanMag.com was able to speak with the 6-foot-3, 210-pound prospect and got the details on the recruitment of this outstanding prospect.

One of the most overlooked aspects of the Michigan state recruiting class of 2011 is the fact that the Spartans will sign 2 players from the state of Wisconsin. Prior to this year the Spartans had not recruited in Wisconsin much despite the Badgers routinely coming into Michigan to recruit players.

The reason for the change has a lot to do with the hiring of assistant coach Brad Salem to replace Dan Enos. Coach Salem has strong contact in Wisconsin and recognizes that the football played there is underrated by many analysts and coaches.

This summer two of the top performers at the Michigan State camp were defensive back Trey Waynes of Kenosha Bradford High School and defensive lineman Mark Scarpinato of Marquette University High School. Head Coach Mark Dantonio offered both players and it did not tackle long for them to become members of the Spartan family.

Coach Salem is now working on getting some of the top player sin Wisconsin for the class of 2012 to take a close look at what Michigan State has to offer and he has identified Biegel as a blue-chip level recruit. Spartanmag.com asked the 1st team All-State performer about his recruitment.

"Things are going really well," Biegel stated. I have scholarship offers from Wisconsin, BYU, Michigan State, Iowa, Tennessee, Northern Illinois and Minnesota. Minnesota just offered me last Friday when I spoke with them on the phone. Coach Salem from Michigan State has been by my school this month and the coach from BYU is supposed to stop by this week."

Biegel has been proactive in the process and has already visited several schools for games and checked out the campuses and facilities.

"This fall I went to quite a few Wisconsin games," he stated. "I also went to Iowa and Nebraska. I was very impressed with what both of those schools had to offers. The facilities and the coaching staffs at both schools were great."

Biegel plans on visiting several more schools this spring, especially the ones that are showing him the most interest at this point in time.

"I plan on going to Michigan State for a junior day so I can see what it is like there and get to know the staff. I hope to make it to Tennessee as well. Later this spring I will be going with my family out to BYU so I am really looking forward to that."

The Cougars hold a special place in Biegel's heart due to the fact that his father was a standout player for BYU back in the late 1980's and early 1990's Rocky Biegel was an All-WAC linebacker for the Cougars and his senior year he amassed an incredible 192 tackles. Biegel's uncle also attended BYU and his grandfather worked a as coach for the program.

One of the reason why the Spartans like Biegel is due to the fact that he has the size and speed to play either outside or inside linebacker at the next level. We asked Biegel is he has a preference and what teams are saying to him

"Some schools say inside at the MIKE and some say outside, it really does not matter to me," he stated. "Wherever I play me and going to work my tail off and do whatever needs to be done to help make the team better."

That type of attitude coupled with the fact that Biegel is a solid student is a main reason why so many schools would love to have Biegel roaming the field for them. We asked Biegel if he has given any thought to when he would like to make his college choice.

"I could do it anytime this spring up until my senior season," Biegel said. "I am thinking probably this summer would be best as I want to make sure I develop a good relationship with the coaches. So many schools have had coaching changes and I just want to make sure I get along well with them."

Talking with Biegel it is obvious that he understands the recruiting process and has a good grasp of what he is looking for in his college choice. His father is certainly making sure he has the opportunity to learn as much as he can about the programs that are recruiting him. Look for Biegel to continue to see his offer list grow as more teams get a chance to see what he brings to the table. Whatever school Biegel goes to will be getting a player who could be a difference-maker at linebacker for several years.

SpartanMag.com Take:

It should come as no surprise to Spartan fans that after talking with Biegel we thought about Max Bullough and how similar the father-son combination is. Interestingly, Michigan State is probably looking at Biegel as a player that could come in and not only team with Bullough early on, but then eventually assumes his position once he graduates.

Biegel has the speed to play the outside linebacker spot. Bullough will be the Michigan State MIKE for the next few seasons. If Biegel came to Michigan State he would certainly be looked at as someone who could play the SAM or WILL positions early on in his career, and then slide inside and be a MIKE as he adds more size.

The big thing for Michigan State is to get Biegel on campus this spring and then possibly have him attend camp in the summer. Working with the position coach is often the best way to build rapport. No doubt Coach Salem will hope to have a chance to show Biegel what the Spartan program has to offer

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