May 21, 2008

Dippel nets first offer

It took longer than expected, but Tyler Dippel's hard work has finally paid off.

Wednesday night, Dippel, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound linebacker, contacted to discuss his first full scholarship offer.

"I got an offer from Western Michigan today," the Hartford, Wis., product reported. "Coach (Jake) Moreland came to my school today. We got together and met in my head coach's office, Coach (Dan) Brunner. We got the chance to talk about my film and camp, stuff like that.

"Coach Moreland said he was going to take my highlight film back to Western Michigan, but he said he didn't really need to because he had seen everything he needed to see and he wanted to offer me a full scholarship right here, right now."

The scholarship offer from Broncos comes as a relief to Dippel, who is considered one of the top 2009 in-state prospects.

"It was great, it was like a huge weight lifted off my shoulders," he said. "It's good to know that if no one else offers, I'll have a place to go.

"I actually know quite a bit about them because they're big rivals of Central Michigan and my coach's son actually plays for Central Michigan. I've watched a few of their games and I know about the big rivalry between them and Central (Michigan). So I know enough about them. I know Greg Jennings went there, and they also have had quite a few guys get drafted then last few years."

Football isn't the only thing that has Dippel excited about Western Michigan. The academics are very appealing to him, as well.

"It's a good school with good football," he said. "I've been doing a little research and I know the school has a good business and a good engineering program, so I'm definitely interesting in their school."

Dippel is still in contact with the Badger staff and plans on attending a three-day camp this summer.

"Yes, we still keep in touch and are waiting for the camp to roll 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."

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