Snapshots of the seventeen scholarship athletes announced Wednesday by the University of Wisconsin football team:
Three-star recruit according to ESPN, Rivals and Scout. … Rated as No. 6 recruit in Wisconsin by ESPN. … Won the 2012 Joe Thomas Award as most outstanding senior offensive lineman in Wisconsin. … First-team All-State by WFCA as junior and senior. Brother of UW LB Vince Biegel. … Father (Rocky) played linebacker at BYU from 1988-92.
Four-star recruit by Rivals (No. 32 nationally) and three stars by ESPN and Scout. … One of two already enrolled. … Played in only 12 career games due to injuries — one as a junior — but finished with nine interceptions as a defensive back and seven TDs as a wide receiver. … Claimed 2012 Class AA state title in 200 meters as a junior, running a wind-aided :21.90. … Recipient of school’s 2012 Wendy’s High School Heisman Athletic Award.
One of the highest-ranked recruits in the class, four stars by ESPN (No. 14), Rivals (No. 17) and Scout. … ESPN Top 150 recruit and ranked as the No. 5 prospect in New Jersey by ESPN. … Rushed for 2,323 yards and 33 TDs, with 47 tackles and eight sacks, as a senior. … First-team All-State and All-South Jersey. Ran for 2,510 yards and 36 total TDs as a junior.
First in class to commit last February. … Four-star recruit by ESPN (No. 18) and three stars by Rivals and Scout. … Ranked as No. 11 recruit in Illinois by ESPN. … As a senior, finished with 132 tackles, including 18 TFLs and 14½ sacks, at middle linebacker. … Ran for 1,456 yards and 32 TDs, with 34 receptions for 474 yards and five more touchdowns as a senior. … First-team All-State (Class 4A). … As a junior, had 1,209 rushing yards, 598 receiving yards and 31 total TDs, along with 146 tackles, including 21 TFLs.
Three-star recruit by Scout (No. 97) and No. 12 recruit in Wisconsin by ESPN. … Named Associated Press Wisconsin Player of the Year as a senior. … Rushed for 1,671 yards and scored 21 TDs, plus 75 tackles with 15 sacks and three forced fumbles.
Three-star recruit (No. 77 OLB) and No. 89 recruit in California by ESPN. … Rushed for 847 yards and six TDs, with 19 tackles, three sacks, a forced fumble and a defensive touchdown as a senior. … Four-year letter winner in basketball and three-time second-team All-Del Rey League selection in basketball.
Four-star recruit by ESPN (No. 29) and three stars by Rivals and Scout. … Ranked as the No. 1 recruit in Wisconsin by ESPN. Had 97 tackles, 25 for loss, 12 sacks and four forced fumbles as a senior, when he was WFCA Defensive Player of the Year and unanimous first-team All-State. … Tim Krumrie Award winner as the most outstanding senior defensive lineman in Wisconsin.
Four-star recruit by ESPN (No. 29) and three stars by Rivals and Scout … Rated as No. 10 recruit in Illinois by ESPN. … Received 28 total scholarship offers and named to 2013 Senior Offense-Defense All-American Bowl. … High school teammate of UW freshman Dan Voltz.
Passed for 1,943 yards and 25 TDs, with six interceptions, while running for 414 yards in junior college last season. … Spent one season at South Carolina before transferring. … Three-star prospect by Rivals. … Threw for 2,264 yards and 32 TDs, while rushing for 1,196 yards and 14 TDs, as a senior at Bergen (N.J.) Catholic. … 2010 New Jersey Offensive Player of the Year. … As a junior, caught 35 passes for 550 yards and three TDs at wide receiver and recorded 49 tackles and three interceptions at defensive back … Also lettered in basketball.
Three-star recruit by ESPN (No. 35 guard), Rivals and Scout and No. 50 recruit in Ohio by ESPN. … First-team All-State and first-team all-district and team captain. … Picked to play for under-19 U.S. national team in 2013 International Bowl. … Registered 40 tackles, including 11 TFLs and four sacks, as a junior. … Brother, Jack plays football at Michigan. … Uncle is veteran baseball manager Jim Leyland.
Four-star recruit by Rivals (No. 45) and three stars by ESPN and Scout. … Rated the No. 1 recruit in Wisconsin by Rivals. Selected to 2013 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. … Finished three-year varsity career with 223 tackles, 49 TFLs, 17 sacks, nine forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and an interception. … First-team All-State by AP and WFCA … Finished senior season with 101 tackles, 24 TFLs, 7½ sacks, five forced fumbles. … Sister, Chidera, competes in track and field at Minnesota.
Three-star recruit by ESPN and Rivals. … Rated as the No. 9 recruit in Wisconsin by ESPN. … Finished with 38 catches for 535 yards and eight TDs as a senior. … First-team All-State, team MVP and captain and Kenosha Alan Ameche Award finalist. … Had 26 receptions for 425 yards and eight TDs as a junior. … Career totals of 115 catches for 1,774 yards and 37 TDs.
Four-star recruit by ESPN (No. 26 nationally) and three stars by Rivals and Scout. … One of two already enrolled. … Named to Gridiron Kings 7-on-7 camp in July 2012 and selected for Nike’s “The Opening” all-star camp. … Named MVP of Miami-area Nike Football Training Camp in April 2012. … As a senior, returned three punts for TDs and recorded an interception, 16 pass breakups and 22 tackles.
Finished sophomore season at Fresno City College with 23 tackles and eight interceptions, earning junior college All-America honors. … Had 41 tackles, three interceptions and four pass breakups as a freshman … Three-star recruit by Rivals and ESPN out of Clovis High School. … Finished senior season with 112 tackles, three interceptions, six forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and three blocked kicks.
Was unranked until committing to UW, then boosted to three stars by Scout. … One of fastest players in the class, caught 33 passes for 439 yards and nine TDs, ran for 697 yards on 75 carries and scored 15 TDs, with two interceptions and two fumble recoveries as a senior. … Two-time All-State selection.
Three stars by ESPN, Rivals and Scout … Ranked as the No. 9 recruit in Wisconsin by Rivals. … Threw for 527 yards and seven TDs and rushed for 554 yards and nine TDs as a senior, with 42 tackles and five sacks. … Honorable mention All-State. … Caught 27 passes for 505 yards and three TDs as a junior. … Brother of former Badgers defensive end J.J. Watt and current UW fullback Derek Watt.
Four-star recruit by Scout (No. 28) and three stars by ESPN and Rivals. … Rated as the No. 21 recruit in Ohio by Scout. … Finished career with 26 TD receptions. … Recorded 48 receptions for 903 yards and 12 TDs as a senior and 45-528-11 as a junior. First-team All-State as a senior. … Brother, Ernest Wheelwright III, played football at Minnesota from 2004-07 and went on to pro career with Baltimore Ravens and Saskatchewan Roughriders in the CFL. … High school teammate of current Badgers tight end Austin Traylor.