June 17, 2008

Did Dippel exit camp with an offer?

In mid-February, Tyler Dippel walked away from Wisconsin's junior day disappointed he wasn't extended a scholarship offer from the Badger coaching staff.

Fast-forward four months and the 2009 prospect was once again in a familiar situation as he made the trip home from Madison.

Tuesday night, BadgerBlitz.com caught up with the Hartford (Wis.) prospect to discuss his experience this past weekend at UW's first high school camp of the summer.

"It went good, no offer though," Dippel said. "They told me to be patient. It's kind of hard, I felt I worked my butt off at that camp, but it's a process and I just need to wait it out."

Despite not being offered a scholarship, Dippel felt he made a name for himself over the weekend.

"Well, I started out with the linebackers and then I went with the defensive line on Monday for the first two practices," explained the 6-foot-4, 248-pound prospect.

"During those sessions the staff got me organized and familiar with all the drills. I had no idea, I had never put my hand down before, and it was all new to me.

I just went with it and did my best. The second session I felt I did a lot better. That night I went with the linebackers again, and finished up with the defensive line."

As for why Dippel wasn't offered a scholarship, that decision is based on the coaching staff's assessment. But, the Badger brass made a conscious effort to ease the mind of Dippel with a private meeting.

"I spoke with Coach (Bret) Bielema, Coach (Charlie) Partridge, Coach (Bob) Bostad and Coach Doeren," he said.

"We all sat down and I talked with each separately. They pretty much just told me it's a really short class and they only have 16 scholarships to offer at the time. They didn't feel it was the right time to offer because they were looking at a couple of guys with some more experience.

"They said I did a heck of a job for never putting my hand down before and that it's a long process. Basically they told me to stay in contact."

So what does the future hold for the in-state star?

"Maybe a one-day camp at Purdue or Minnesota, nothing is for sure yet," Dippel said. "I'll be heading out to California later in the summer to see my mom, when I'm out there I plan on visiting Stanford. I've been talking to them a lot, they seem like they are pretty interested."

Dippel currently holds offers from Western Michigan, Central Michigan and Illinois State.

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