Anxious to Meet the New Badgers

Billy Hirschfeld (Fox Sports)

Although offered by the former head coach, Hartland (Wis.) Arrowhead defensive end Billy Hirschfeld has begun the process of getting to know the new Badgers coaching staff.

MADISON - Although adding two defensive ends in the 2013 recruiting class, Wisconsin has targeted the defensive line as another area of need in class of 2014.

Having handed out multiple offers on the line, Wisconsin's staff has maintained the want to keep the best players in-state, which means Hartland (Wis.) Arrowhead junior defensive end Billy Hirschfeld is important to the Badgers.

"I have talked to Coach Strickland awhile back," Hirschfeld told Badger Nation. "We talked about coming up for the spring game or even practices. He handed the phone over to Coach Andersen and he talked to me, asking how everything was and said if I had any questions to let him know."

The 6-6, 295-pound Hirschfeld has the distinction of being the last prospect offered by former coach Bret Bielema. Getting the offer the morning that Bielema resigned to take the Arkansas coaching job, Hirschfeld has started to build another relationship with UW.

"I don't know this coaching staff yet, but I mean it looks like a great group of coaches," Hirschfeld said. "I haven't seen the practices yet or any game, so really until I see how they practice and play. I want to see that."

Holding offers from Michigan State and Minnesota, Hirschfeld continues to see his recruitment pick up with interest from Alabama, Iowa State, Michigan, Nebraska and North Carolina State.

"I talked to a coach from N.C. State and they would really like me to come down soon for an unofficial visit," said Hirschfeld. "Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison came down to my school awhile back and asked me to come down to their camp."

The standout lineman also gives a time when he predicts a commitment and what he has scheduled as far as visits go.

"Sometime my senior year of high school I want to decide," said Hirschfeld. "I don't have a top list, so that is why I am just waiting to decide. I have for right now Nebraska's junior day and the spring game for visits. Hopefully, some other junior days as well and some unofficial visits to other schools I would like to do."

There have been worries with what occurred regarding the Wisconsin coaching change, but Hirschfeld feels no different on the Badgers.

"My view or perspective of Wisconsin has not changed, even with the new coaching staff," he said. "I hope to get to know them a little more and we will go from there."

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