NCF On The Trail: Billy Hirschfeld

Weekend recruiting wrap: Big Ten 

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The Big Ten always has plenty of recruiting storylines worthy of following.

From key commitments to intriguing attempts to flip prospects committed elsewhere, here’s what went down in a very busy week on the trail for the conference.

Best Big Ten recruiters 

October, 15, 2013
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Editor's note: For a look at the national recruiter power rankings based only on Class of 2014 success, click here.

Michigan and Ohio State both sit in the top 10 recruiting rankings this year after each landed top 10 classes in 2013 -- the Buckeyes were third, while the Wolverines were sixth.

That's why it should come as no surprise that the two schools have the top four recruiters in the Big Ten Conference for the Class of 2014 so far.

Here's a look at the top 10 recruiters in the Big Ten and why they deserve such high praise:


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Weekly commitment roundup

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ACC
Duke
Zach Harmon OG Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic
HT: 6-foot-4 WT: 275 pounds
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Kerrion Moore RB Gastonia, N.C./Hunter Huss
HT: 5-8 WT: 180
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Chris Taylor WR Coconut Creek, Fla./North Broward Prep
HT: 6-0 WT: 168
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Miami
Brad Kaaya QB-PP West Hill, Calif./Chaminade College Prep
HT: 6-4 WT: 213
Position Rank: #12 QB-PP
Stars: 4

NC State
Coult Culler OLB Wilmington, N.C./E.A. Laney
HT: 6-4 WT: 225
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Jalan McClendon QB-PP Charlotte, N.C./West Mecklenburg
HT: 6-4 WT: 195
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big 12
Baylor
Jordan Feuerbacher TE-Y Kingwood, Texas/Kingwood Park
HT: 6-4 WT: 240
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Xavier Jones DE Magnolia, Texas/Magnolia West
HT: 6-3 WT: 200
Position Rank: #32 DE
Stars: 3

Iowa State
Sam Seonbuchner OLB Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead
HT: 6-2 WT: 223
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Kansas
Kyron Watson OLB East Saint Louis, Ill./East Saint Louis
HT: 6-1 WT: 210
Position Rank: #4 OLB
Stars: 4
ESPN 150 (#100)

Oklahoma
Marcus Green CB Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill
HT: 6-1 WT: 176
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big East
Louisville
Isaiah Ford WR Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian Academy
HT: 6-1 WT: 161
Position Rank: #34 WR
Stars: 4

George Rushing WR Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons
HT: 6-0 WT: 182
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Rutgers
Justin Herron OG Potomac, Md./Bullis School
HT: 6-4 WT: 275
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big Ten
Michigan State
Chris Frey Jr. OLB Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington
HT: 6-2 WT: 214
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Matt Sokol ATH Rochester Hills, Mich./Adams
HT: 6-5 WT: 225
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Northwestern
Blake Hance TE-Y Jacksonville, Ill./Jacksonville
HT: 6-6 WT: 260
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Justin Jackson RB Carol Stream, Ill./Glenbard North
HT: 5-11 WT: 175
Position Rank: #32 RB
Stars: 4

Ohio State
Lonnie Johnson WR Gary, Ind./West Side
HT: 6-2 WT: 180
Position Rank: #41 WR
Stars: 4

Penn State
Marcus Allen S Upper Marlboro, Md./Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr.
HT: 6-2 WT: 190
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Jared Wangler OLB Warren, Mich./De La Salle Collegiate
HT: 6-2 WT: 218
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Wisconsin
Billy Hirschfeld DE Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead
HT: 6-6 WT: 267
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Ula Tolutau ATH Salt Lake City, Utah/East
HT: 6-1 WT: 225
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Pac-12
UCLA
Dionte Sykes WR Chandler, Ariz./Chandler
HT: 6-2 WT: 205
Position Rank: #49 WR
Stars: 3

Utah
Raelon Singleton WR Crosby, Texas/Crosby
HT: 6-4 WT: 185
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Washington
Chase Blakely DE Coeur D'Alene, Idaho/Coeur D'Alene
HT: 6-4 WT: 221
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Washington State
Greg Hoyd OLB Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta
HT: 6-1 WT: 191
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

SEC
Auburn
Derrick Moncrief S Prattville, Ala./Mississippi Gulf Coast CC
HT: 6-3 WT: 226
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Justin Thornton DE Prichard, Ala./Vigor
HT: 6-5 WT: 225
Position Rank: #13 DE
Stars: 4
ESPN 150 (#111)

Kentucky
Drew Barker QB-PP Hebron, Ky./Conner Senior
HT: 6-4 WT: 205
Position Rank: #7 QB-PP
Stars: 4
ESPN 150 (#141)

Kobie Walker S Olney, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel
HT: 6-3 WT: 188
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

LSU
D'haquille Williams WR Laplace, La./Mississippi Gulf Coast CC
HT: 6-3 WT: 210
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Missouri
Michael Fairchild OT Overland Park, Kan./Blue Valley West
HT: 6-6 WT: 270
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Finis Stribling IV CB Thompson's Station, Tenn./Independence
HT: 5-11 WT: 167
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Mississippi State
Dontavian Lee RB Brooklyn, Miss./Forest County Agriculture
HT: 6-0 WT: 205
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Vanderbilt
Montez Sweat TE-Y Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson
HT: 6-6 WT: 225
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending
When the Badgers offer a recruit from Wisconsin, it usually signals the end. Wisconsin does not produce a significant number of BCS prospects, but the ones it does have rarely leave the state.

But defensive end Billy Hirschfeld (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead) was contemplating leaving for several months. Illinois, Iowa State, Michigan State, Minnesota, NC State, Nebraska and Pittsburgh also offered, so he had options.

In the end, though, Hirshfeld joined the numerous other in-state recruits to commit to Wisconsin.

“There was some work to be done,” Hirschfeld said about Wisconsin earning his commitment. “At first they didn’t know if they wanted me at offensive tackle or playing defensive tackle or defensive end, and that was under [former coach Bret] Bielema. When he left, that sank them down a little bit, because it was Bielema who offered me.”

So the 6-foot-6, 267-pound lineman made the rounds, visited a few other schools and built solid relationships elsewhere. He kept going to Wisconsin, too, once Gary Andersen was hired to replace Bielema, who left for Arkansas in December.

Andersen was not just picking up where Bielema left off with Hirschfeld, though. It was going to take some effort to catch up, which he eventually did.

“Getting to know Coach Andersen and Coach Chad, it was definitely an eye opener,” he said. “I’m comfortable with the staff and football program.”

Hirschfeld’s teammate George Panos is also committed to Wisconsin, but it was 2013 signee T.J. Watt who recruited him hardest. The two began working out together recently, and Watt kept drilling Hirschfeld about his recruitment.

“When are you going to commit to Wisconsin?” Watt would ask.

On Tuesday night, Hirschfeld’s parents asked him about his recruitment, too. Unlike Watt, Hirschfeld had an answer for his parents.

“It feels great. I got a lot of fan support from everyone that knows me whether through AAU or playing against them or friends outside of sports,” Hirschfeld said. “It’s a great feeling to play for the home state.”

Spartans' ideals appeal to 2014 DE 

January, 15, 2013
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As one of the prospects with a Michigan State offer at the Spartans’ junior day, Billy Hirschfeld (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead) was made a priority by the coaches Sunday.

When he walked into the football complex Sunday, recruiting coordinator Brad Salem was walking by and greeted Hirschfeld. Salem brought the 2014 defensive end in to meet with Spartans defensive line coach Ted Gill right away.

“We talked for a good 15 to 20 minutes on the defense and what it’s like there,” Hirschfeld said. “Then I got to talk to [Dan] Roushar and Coach [Pat] Narduzzi and then ran into Coach [Mark] Dantonio. He was really happy to see me.”

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The first offer for 2014 defensive end Billy Hirschfeld (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead) ended up coming while he was on the basketball court.

The 6-foot-5, 270-pound lineman picked up offer No. 1 Wednesday while at basketball practice. The offer came from Minnesota.

"It felt great. I got the news from my position coach Peter Kishline after b-ball practice so my friends overheard what he told me so they got excited for me and so did my b-ball coaches," Hirschfeld said.

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