Biegel's Road To Wisconsin

By: Eric Rajala Email
By: Eric Rajala Email

For generations, experts have waged the argument of nature versus nurture. Vince Biegel makes a case that both can play a major role in a person's development.

A star linebacker for Wisconsin Rapids Vince's father Rocky starred for the Red Raiders in the 80s before an all-conference career with the BYU Cougars. As someone that went through the recruiting process himself, Rocky says the game has certainly changed.

"It has changed a lot since I was recruited. It starts a lot earlier now than it did 25 years ago," adds Rocky Biegel.

Using his fathers pedigree and hard working upbringing Vince turned himself into a bonafide wrecking crew. With a relentless pursuit to the football he became an all-conference selection as a sophomore; and started gaining national attention.

"I got to talk to Brady Hoke, the new coach at Michigan. I talked to all the Wisconsin coaches, BYU coaches and all the Iowa coaches,"

About a year ago, Vince started receiving letter from coaches from all over the country. When that started, Rocky had words of advice for his son: stay hungry, and stay humble.

"He really helped me through the process and taught me to take everything they (coaches) say with a grain of salt, because they're always going to show you a lot of love." says Vince.

Rocky adds,"Once these kids sign and they're committed, a lot of that love goes away. Once they're on the team it's time to show up and play, and produce, and earn it."

So the Biegel family got to work. Fielding an average of ten letters per day and calling up to three different coaches each night, the family chose five schools to visit, before narrowing it down to three. Michigan, Wisconsin, and Rocky's alma mater, BYU.

"BYU of course, our family has a great history there with my dad and uncle both playing there. Wisconsin of course is so close to home; and Michigan the Big House," Vince said of the finalists.

Being Wisconsin natives, the Biegel's admitted to feeling added pressure to commit to the Badgers; and while BYU was still in the hunt, the winning tradition, consistent coaching staff and close proximity to home gave Wisconsin a leg up on the competition.

"We told coach Bielema and Alvarez that we want to be Badgers. The coaches are excited and the family is excited, too," said Vince of the decision.

Now that the pressure of choosing a school has ended, Vince looks forward to his senior year at Wisconsin Rapids. He'll even head to San Antonio to play in the Army All-American game in January, which features the best high school seniors in the country. It's evidence that the young Biegel has made the best of both worlds: nature and nurture.

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