May 20, 2008

Dippel eager for Badger camp

Currently holding three in-state pledges for the class of 2009, a list that includes Jordan Kohout, Shelby Harris and Ryan Groy, the Wisconsin coaching staff is continuing to pursue some of the state's top talent.

Monday night, caught up with Tyler Dippel, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound linebacker, to discuss his current recruitment, along with his recent trip to the Nike Combine.

"Everything is going real good," said Dippel, who was born in California but now calls Hartford, Wis., home. "Recently I went to the Nike Combine in Ohio, which was held at Ohio State University. It was good because I got a lot of positive feedback from the coaches and trainers who were there.

"They told me that I looked very good during the drills and said I have good feet and move pretty well for a big guy. I guess there is a new rule that coaches are not allowed to come, so that was a surprise and kind of a bummer. But I think I preformed well, so that feels pretty good."

Dippel may be a better suited to play defensive end at the next level, though he worked as a linebacker in Ohio.

"At camp I was working specifically with the linebackers," he said. "I think I stacked up pretty well with most of the guys there. There were a couple smaller linebackers who were able to cover the running backs a little better in space and pass coverage. In the run stopping segment, I felt I did very well; pass rushing I think I did real well, too."

After his encouraging performance, Dippel received special praise from his position coach at camp.

"The head linebackers coach, I can't remember his name, said I did really well for a big guy," Dippel said. "He thought I moved my feet really well. He told me to keep working on getting bigger, stronger and faster because he can see me going somewhere big.

"He said I had a lot of potential."

As for his current recruitment, Dippel feels things have slowed down a bit, but is expecting quite a few visitors over the next few weeks.

"Well, I've talked to South Dakota, Northern Illinois and Southern Illinois, those are some of the schools that of stopped by recently," he said. "Western and Central Michigan will be at my school this week, along with some other DI and DI-AA schools. But other than that, there really aren't any new schools."

One university noticeably absent from his list is the University of Wisconsin, a school that, according to Dippel, is eager to get him into a camp this summer.

"Yes, we're just keeping in touch and waiting for the camp to rolls around, they just want to see what I can do at the camp," Dippel said. "I'm definitely going to the Wisconsin three-day camp. I'll also try and hit as many one-day camps as I can. I'll try and make it to Purdue, Notre Dame and Michigan State.

"I'm just going to try and get all over for some one-day camps."

Dippel also explained that he holds no animosity towards the Wisconsin staff after he left their junior day without an offer on the table.

"No, I was kind of confused at the beginning, but I realized that I didn't attend their camp last year. They have yet to see me in person, so I understand," he said. "The in-state guys who received offers on junior day attended camp last summer and the staff had already seen them in person. I just think the staff knew what they were looking for and knew what they needed right then. I also think another factor that played into it was the uncertainty of my position at the next level.

"When I went there for the junior day, they told me that they were recruiting me as linebacker. But when I went there for the spring game, they told me that I would be playing both positions at camp. I'll be working with defensive line one day and the linebackers the next day. They want me to be ready to play linebacker as well as with my hand in the dirt."

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