Bret Bielema and his assistants have kept busy this offseason, as they recently added their eighth verbal commitment of the 2013 class.
Bret Bielema and Co. added to the Badgers' 2013 recruiting class this weekend, receiving verbal commitments from two in-state players, Hayden Biegel and Jazz Peavy. The 6-6, 245 pound Biegel plays at Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids and Rivals.com ranked him as the ninth best offensive tackle in the state. He received a grayshirt offer from the Badgers, meaning he will not join the team until January following the 2013 season.
Biegel has the height to be a starting tackle someday but he is well below the average weight of D-1 lineman, especially in Wisconsin. To illustrate this, take a look at current Badger offensive tackles Ricky Wagner (333 pounds) and Rob Havenstein (343 pounds). Seeing Biegel weighs just 245 pounds, it is no surprise he said his late arrival to Madison will be a "blessing" because it gives him more time to put on extra weight.
If you keep up to date on Wisconsin recruiting, the name Biegel may sound familiar. Hayden's older brother, Vince Biegel, was a highly touted four-star recruit and is part of the Badgers' most recent recruiting class. Rivals.com ranked Biegel as the third best outside linebacker in the nation, which shows why Bielema indicated the true freshman may earn significant playing time this fall.
The Badgers' other addition over the weekend came at the wide receiver position. The 6-1, 175 pound Peavy previously received offers from Minnesota, Wyoming and Central Michigan, but he could not pass up Wisconsin once they offered him a scholarship. Peavy joins Robert Wheelwright as just the second receiver in the 2013 recruiting class and marks the eighth verbal commit in the class thus far.
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