February 15, 2008

Dippel stands atop 2009 in-state class

Tyler Dippel, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound defensive end from Hartford (Wis.), is widely considered the top junior football prospect in the state of Wisconsin.

Thursday night, Badgerblitz.com caught up with 2009 in-state recruit to discuss his college options and his future on the gridiron.

"I got a junior invite and letters from Wisconsin," Dippel said. "Also, I've got a junior invite and letters from Notre Dame. I have interest from Iowa, Indiana, Michigan State, Minnesota and Duke. I've talked to coaches from Central Michigan and Western Michigan, as well as Northern Illinois in the past."

This weekend, Dippel will join other notable 2009 prospects in Madison for the University of Wisconsin's annual Junior Day.

"I'll be attending Wisconsin's Junior Day this weekend and then the following weekend I will be attending Notre Dame's junior day," said Dippel, who was a Wisconsin Football Coaches Association first-team all-state and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first-team all-area selection at linebacker this past season. "I don't know a ton about the Wisconsin program. I follow their teams a little bit, but I'm really excited to go there and check it out. This Junior Day is going to be a great opportunity for that because I've only been up there once before for a football game.

"I've never really had a chance to check out their facilities. It should be pretty cool to see all of that."

Though Dippel recently led Hartford to the quarterfinals of the WIAA Division I state tournament, he spent most of his childhood in the talent-rich state of California.

"I grew up for twelve years in California," said Dippel, who gave up playing basketball this season to focus on football. "I actually moved to Wisconsin when I was 12. Being from California won't have any affect on my college decision. I'll go wherever I feel most comfortable."

Throughout the course of his high school career Dippel has been a standout linebacker, but he believes his future will be on the defensive line.

"I think right now I'm probably going to play defensive end in college," Dippel said. "I really like playing linebacker, but realistically I'm probably going to play defensive end."

When asked to explain his best attributes on the football field, Dippel was quick to respond.

"I hit, I just love to hit," he said. "I like to go one hundred miles an hour and just hit. That's what I do best, hit people."

The elite prospects is set to begin a very hectic spring and summer, diving headfirst into the recruiting process.

"I'm going to the Wisconsin camp this summer and this spring I'll be attending the Midwest Combine, as well as the Nike Camp in Chicago," Dippel said. "I plan on attending one other Nike Camp, either in Los Angeles or in Ohio. I don't know which of those I will be attending, but I'll make it to one of them."

Currently, BadgerBlitz.com believes Dippel, along with Keenan Davis, Jon Budmayr, Mark Zielinski, Ronnie Wingo and Jordan Kohout will be in Madison this weekend for the junior camp.

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