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National Signing Day 2014: DE Billy Hirschfeld signs with Wisconsin

For National Signing Day, we are profiling each recruit that signs with Wisconsin, including defensive end Billy Hirschfeld from Hartland, Wis. Stay tuned to B5Q all week for more coverage of Wisconsin's 2014 class.

Rankings

Rivals: (#24 DE)

Scout: (#55 DE)

ESPN: 79 (#42 DE - #3 overall player in WI)

247: 90 (#15 SDE - #4 overall player in WI)

Verbally committed on May 5, 2013

Hirschfeld committed to Wisconsin in early May after receiving offers from several Big Ten schools including Michigan State, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Illinois, while also receiving interest from N.C. State and Pitt (per all four recruiting sites mentioned above. Cornerbacks coach and recruiting guru Ben Strickland is credited with recruiting Hirschfeld.

Video highlights

Statistics (Per WisSports.net)

2013: 18 tackles for loss, 9 sacks

Honors

2013 AP All-State First Team (unanimous)
2013 Tim Krumrie Award (Best defensive linemen in Wisconsin)
2013 WCFA All-State
2013 Classic 8 All-Conference First Team
2012 AP All-State First Team
2012 WFCA All-State
2012 Classic 8 All-Conference First Team

Instant analysis

Hirschfeld joins Marquette University's (Milwaukee, Wis.) Conor Sheehy and Wayne County's (Jesup, Georgia) Jeremy Patterson as this year's class on the defensive line. Hirschfeld led a stout Arrowhead defense that stymied opponents the past two seasons. He'll provide depth in a defensive line losing key seniors Tyler Dippel, Beau Allen, Ethan Hemer, and Pat Muldoon.