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Varsity Magazine - Feb. 2, 2012 A look at how the Class of 2013 came together

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 Status  Name Video Position Height Weight  Hometown (High School/Last School)
 Scholarship Hayden Biegel Small Video Graphic OL 6-5 245 Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. (Wisconsin Rapids)
 Scholarship Keelon Brookins Small Video Graphic DB 5-11 185 St. Paul, Minn. (Tartan)
 Scholarship Corey Clement Small Video Graphic RB 5-11 210 Glassboro, N.J. (Glassboro)
 Scholarship Garret Dooley Small Video Graphic LB 6-2 215 Rochester, Ill. (Rochester)
 Scholarship Matt Hubley Small Video Graphic DB 6-2 205 Waukesha, Wis. (Catholic Memorial)
 Scholarship Leon Jacobs Small Video Graphic LB 6-4 220 Santa Clarita, Calif. (Golden Valley)
 Scholarship Alec James Small Video Graphic DL 6-4 220 Brookfield, Wis. (East)
 Scholarship Jackson Keeler Small Video Graphic OL 6-7 290 Barrington, Ill. (Barrington)
 Scholarship Tanner McEvoy Small Video Graphic QB 6-6 215 Hillsdale, N.J. (Bergen Catholic/Arizona Western College)
 Scholarship Matt Miller Small Video Graphic OL 6-5 265 Maumee, Ohio (St. Johns Jesuit)
 Scholarship Chikwe Obasih Small Video Graphic DL 6-3 235 Brookfield, Wis. (Central)
 Scholarship Jazz Peavy Small Video Graphic WR 6-0 170 Kenosha, Wis. (Tremper)
 Scholarship Sojourn Shelton Small Video Graphic DB 5-9 175 Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Plantation)
 Scholarship Donnell Vercher Small Video Graphic DB 6-2 200 Clovis, Calif. (Clovis/Fresno City College)
 Scholarship Jakarrie Washington Small Video Graphic DB 5-10 170 Everett, Mass. (Everett)
 Scholarship T.J. Watt Small Video Graphic TE 6-4 215 Pewaukee, Wis. (Pewaukee)
 Scholarship Robert Wheelwright Small Video Graphic WR 6-1 179 Columbus, Ohio (Walnut Ridge)
 Walk-On Jack Cichy   LB 6-3 195 Somerset, Wis. (Hill Murray)
 Walk-On Joe Ferguson   QB 6-1 185 Madison, Wis. (Memorial)
 Walk-On Ben Hemer   OL 6-6 250 Medford, Wis. (Medford)
 Walk-On D.J. Spurling   ATH 5-11 215 Slinger, Wis. (Slinger)
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 Hayden Biegel
 OL  |  6-5  |  245  |  Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. (Wisconsin Rapids)

High School: Three-star recruit according to ESPN, Rivals and Scout ... ranked as the No. 82 offensive tackle by Scout, No. 105 by ESPN ... rated as the No. 6 recruit in the state of Wisconsin by ESPN, No. 12 by Rivals ... won the 2012 Joe Thomas Award as the most outstanding senior offensive lineman in Wisconsin ... first-team all-state by Wisconsin Football Coaches Association as a junior and senior ... two-time first-team all-conference selection as a junior and senior ... conference offensive lineman of the year as a senior ... team captain as a senior ... also lettered in track and field ... three-year honor roll student ... head coach was Tony Biolo

Personal: Parents are Jamie and Rocky Biegel ... brother of Badgers linebacker Vince Biegel ... father played linebacker at BYU from 1988-92 and also wrestled at BYU ... uncle, T.D. Biegel, played fullback at BYU from 1989-93 ... grandfather, Ken Biegel, played linebacker and offensive line at UW-Eau Claire ... enjoys skiing, hunting and fishing


 Keelon Brookins
 DB  |  5-11  |  185  |  St. Paul, Minn. (Tartan)

High School: Four-star recruit by Rivals ... rated as three-star recruit by ESPN and Scout ... ranked No. 32 cornerback in the nation by Rivals, No. 58 by Scout and No. 74 by ESPN ... rated the No. 2 recruit in state of Minnesota by Rivals ... despite playing in only 12 games due to injury, finished career with nine interceptions as a defensive back and scored seven touchdowns as a wide receiver... as a senior, tallied two interceptions and a forced fumble in three games before missing rest of season with knee injury ... had an interception, blocked punt and eight solo tackles in lone game of junior season ... as a sophomore, recorded six interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown ... also returned a kickoff for a touchdown and scored four offensive TDs on way to All-Classic Suburban Conference honors ... claimed 2012 Minnesota Class AA state title in 200 meters as a junior, running a wind-aided 21.90 ... Tartan High School's recipient of 2012 Wendy's High School Heisman Athletic Award ... three-time All-Academic selection ... three-year honor roll member ... head coach was Tim Murtha

Personal: Parents are Tyrone and Dorene Brookins... active in DECA and Link Crew leadership program ... volunteered as elementary school mentor and in children's ministries at church


 Corey Clement
 RB  |  5-11  |  210  |  Glassboro, N.J. (Glassboro)

High School: Four-star recruit according to ESPN, Rivals and Scout ... rated as the No. 14 running back according to ESPN, No. 17 by Rivals, and No. 31 by Scout ... ESPN Top 150 recruit ... ranked as the No. 5 prospect from state of New Jersey according to ESPN, No. 8 by Rivals ... selected for Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl … finished career with 6,245 rushing yards, 34 rushing touchdowns and 90 total TDs ... rushed for 2,323 yards and 33 touchdowns while also recording 47 tackles and eight sacks as a senior ... set New Jersey state record with 479 rushing yards in game vs. Gloucester City ... first-team all-state, first-team All-South Jersey, first-team All-Group 1 and South Jersey Times All-Star team and offensive player of the year as a senior ... ran for 2,510 yards and 36 total touchdowns as a junior ... third-team all-state, first-team All-South Jersey, first-team All-Group 1 and South Jersey Times All-Star team and offensive player of the year as a junior ... had 1,205 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns as a sophomore ... head coach was Mark Maccarone

Personal: Parents are Latanya and Steve Clement


 Garret Dooley
 LB  |  6-2  |  215  |  Rochester, Ill. (Rochester)

High School: Four-star recruit according to ESPN ... rated three stars by Rivals and Scout ... rated as the No. 18 inside linebacker according to ESPN, No. 22 by Scouts and No. 25 by Rivals ... ranked as the No. 11 recruit in the state of Illinois by ESPN, No. 17 by Rivals ... made 132 tackles, including 18.0 for loss and 14.5 sacks, at middle linebacker ... on offense, ran for 1,456 yards and 32 touchdowns, adding 34 catches for 474 yards and five more touchdowns as a senior ... Class 4A first-team all-state, ILB Lemming Award Recipient, Chicago Tribune All-State selection ... first-team all-conference and Central State Eight Conference Player of the Year as a senior ... as a junior, recorded 1,209 rushing yards, 598 receiving yards and 31 total touchdowns to go along with 146 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, six sacks ... all-state honorable mention, first-team all-conference as a junior ... two-time academic all-state pick ... six-time academic all-conference selection between football and baseball ... Spanish National Honor Society ... head coach was Derek Leonard

Personal: Parents are Barbie and Greg Dooley ... cousin, Buck Casson, played football at Rice University (2003-06) ... cousin, Adam Casson, plays baseball at Parkland College (2011-present) ... volunteers with the Big Buddy program, Homes for Troops, Community Service Sundays ... enjoys golfing and playing the guitar


 Matt Hubley
 DB  |  6-2  |  205  |  Waukesha, Wis. (Catholic Memorial)

High School: Three-star recruit according to Scout ... ranked as the No. 97 safety by Scout, No. 172 by ESPN ... rated the No. 12 recruit in the state of Wisconsin by ESPN ... as a senior, named 2012 Associated Press Wisconsin Player of the Year ... first-team all-state, first-team all-region and first-team All-Classic 8 Conference as a running back ... also named second-team all-conference at defensive end ... first-team all-county selection by Waukesha Freeman and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ... rushed for 1,671 yards and scored 21 touchdowns as a senior ... on defense, finished with 75 total tackles, including 17 TFLs and 15 sacks to go along with three forced fumbles and a defensive touchdown ... also a four-year letterwinner in track ... head coach was Bill Young

Personal: Parents are Jenny and Greg Hubley ... volunteers with the Rotary Club, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and local elementary schools ... enjoys weight training and basketball


 Leon Jacobs
 LB  |  6-4  |  220  |  Santa Clarita, Calif. (Golden Valley)

High School: Three-star recruit according to ESPN ... rated as the No. 77 outside linebacker according to ESPN, No. 119 by Scout ... ranked as the No. 89 recruit in the state of California by ESPN ... first-team all-conference as a senior ... rushed for 847 yards and six touchdowns as a senior ... also recorded 19 tackles, three sacks, a forced fumble and a defensive touchdown ... four-year letterwinner in basketball ... three-time second-team All-Del Rey League selection in basketball ... honor roll student ... head coach was Robert Fisher

Personal: Parents are Tony and Theresa Jacobs ... volunteered as math and science tutor ... enjoys listening to music and playing basketball


 Alec James
 DL  |  6-4  |  220  |  Brookfield, Wis. (East)

High School: Four-star recruit according to ESPN ... rated three stars by Rivals and Scout ... No. 29 defensive end as rated by ESPN, No. 64 by Scout ... ranked as the No. 1 recruit in the state of Wisconsin according to ESPN, No. 2 according to Rivals ... had 97 tackles, 25.0 for loss, 12 sacks and four forced fumbles as a senior ... 2012 Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Defensive Player of the Year ... unanimous first-team all-state, first-team all-conference, first-team all-area and all-area Player of the Year according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ... Greater Metro Conference defensive lineman of the year ... Tim Krumrie Award winner as the most outstanding senior defensive lineman in Wisconsin ... first-team all-state, first-team all-conference, Greater Metro Conference defensive lineman of the year, second-team all-area according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel as a junior ... all-conference honorable mention as a sophomore ... three-year letterwinner in track, qualifying for state meet in 4x100 and 4x200 relays ... head coach was Tom Swittel

Personal: Parents are Heidi James and Jimmie James ... father played football at Minnesota and went on to professional career in NFL and USFL ... enjoys working out and playing video games


 Jackson Keeler
 OL  |  6-7  |  290  |  Barrington, Ill. (Barrington)

High School: Four-star recruit according to ESPN ... rated three stars by Rivals and Scout ... ranked as the No. 29 offensive tackle by ESPN, No. 39 by Rivals, No. 49 by Scout ... rated as the No. 10 recruit in the state of Illinois by ESPN, No. 11 by Rivals ... received 28 total scholarship offers ... named to the 2013 Senior Offense-Defense All-American Bowl ... named All-Area by the Chicago Sun Times ... head coach was Joey Sanchez

Personal: Parents are Katherine and Paul Keeler ... high school teammate of fellow Badgers offensive lineman Dan Voltz ... volunteered with the Barrington Crop Walk for Hunger and Relay for Life ... senior physical education leader and was member of choir ... hobbies are fishing and playing basketball


 Tanner McEvoy
 QB  |  6-6  |  215  |  Hillsdale, N.J. (Bergen Catholic/Arizona Western College)

Junior College: Passed for 1,943 yards and 25 touchdowns, while throwing just six interceptions ... ran for 414 yards and scored six touchdowns ... named first-team All-Arizona Community College Athletic Conference and ACCAC Offensive Player of the Year ... first-team All-Western States Football League

High School: Enrolled and spent one season at South Carolina before transferring to Arizona Western College after spring practice in 2011 ... three-star prospect according to Rivals ... threw for 2,264 yards and 32 touchdowns while rushing for 1,196 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior ... 2010 New Jersey Offensive Player of the Year ... named to MSG Metro All-Star Team for the tri-state area ... first-team all-state as a senior ... three-time first-team all-county selection ... as a junior, caught 35 passes for 550 yards and three touchdowns at wide receiver and recorded 49 tackles and three interceptions at defensive back ... also lettered in basketball ... honor roll student ... head coaches were Fred Stengel and Nunzio Campanile

Personal: Parents are Tina and Steve McEvoy ... brother, Colin, played football at Rutgers from 2007-10 ... volunteered with American Red Cross Disaster Services and with Guiding Eyes of New York program, helping to train seeing-eye dogs


 Matt Miller
 OL  |  6-5  |  265  |  Maumee, Ohio (St. Johns Jesuit)

High School: Three-star recruit according to ESPN, Rivals and Scout ... rated as the No. 35 guard by Scout, No. 39 by Rivals and No. 55 by ESPN ... ranked as the No. 50 recruit in the state of Ohio according to ESPN, No. 55 according to Rivals ... 48 pancake blocks as a senior ... first-team all-state, first-team all-district, first-team all-league and team captain ... selected to play for the under-19 U.S. national team in the 2013 International Bowl ... 40 tackles, including 11.0 for loss and four sacks, 28 pancake blocks as a junior ... first-team all-district, first-team all-league ... 25 tackles, including five for loss and one sack as a sophomore ... head coach was Doug Pearson

Personal: Parents are Jane and P.J. Miller ... brother, Jack, currently plays football at Michigan ... father played football from 1986-90 at St. Joseph's College in Indiana ... uncle is Jim Leyland, manager of the Detroit Tigers since 2006 ... volunteers at Sunshine Children's Home, Cherry St. Mission, and through St. John's Jesuit Christian Service ... enjoys hunting, fishing, and working out


 Chikwe Obasih
 DL  |  6-3  |  235  |  Brookfield, Wis. (Central)

High School: Four-star recruit according to Rivals ... rated three stars by ESPN and Scout ... ranked as the No. 45 defensive end by Scout, No. 46 by ESPN ... rated the No. 1 recruit in the state of Wisconsin by Rivals, No. 2 by ESPN ... selected to 2013 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl ... finished three-year varsity career with 223 tackles, 49 tackles for loss, 17 sacks, 9 forced fumbles, 6 fumble recoveries and an interception ... first-team all-state by Associated Press and WFCA ... first-team all-conference, first-team all-area according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel as a senior ... finished senior season with 101 tackles, 24 TFLs, 7.5 sacks, 5 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries ... first-team all-conference, honorable mention all-area as a junior ... had 83 tackles, 15.5 TFLs, 6 sacks and 2 forced fumbles during junior season ... honorable mention all-conference as a sophomore ... head coach was Jamie Meulemans

Personal: Father is Kemakolam Obasih ... sister, Chidera Obasih, competes in track and field at Minnesota ... volunteered on Boy Scout service projects and as coach at youth football camps and with various church projects


 Jazz Peavy
 WR  |  6-0  |  170  |  Kenosha, Wis. (Tremper)

High School: Three-star recruit according to ESPN and Rivals ... rated as the No. 177 wide receiver by ESPN ... rated as the No. 9 recruit in the state of Wisconsin by ESPN, No. 11 by Rivals ... had 38 catches for 535 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior ... first-team all-state, first-team all-conference, all-region ... team MVP and captain ... Kenosha Alan Ameche Award finalist ... caught 26 passes for 425 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior ... first-team all-state, first-team all-conference, all-region ... career totals of 115 catches for 1774 yards and 37 touchdowns ... head coach was Frank Matrise

Personal: Parents are Linda and Jeff Peavy ... volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club youth football camp ... helped distribute gifts to less fortunate kids at the Holiday House ... enjoys weight lifting, basketball and video games


 Sojourn Shelton
 DB  |  5-9  |  175  |  Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Plantation)

High School: Four-star recruit according to ESPN ... rated as three-star recruit by Rivals and Scout ... ranked No. 26 cornerback in the nation by ESPN, No. 47 by Rivals and No. 76 by Scout ... named to Gridiron Kings 7-on-7 camp in July 2012 ... selected for Nike's "The Opening" all-star camp ... named MVP of Miami-area Nike Football Training Camp in April 2012 ... as a senior, returned three punts for touchdowns and recorded an interception, 16 pass breakups and 22 tackles ... named first-team all-county by South Florida Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald ... as a junior, recorded three interceptions at cornerback and was named to the Broward County Super 11 by the Sun Sentinel ... started at cornerback as a sophomore and grabbed four interceptions ... head coach was Steve Davis

Personal: Parents are Rachel Victor and Sojourn Shelton, Sr. ... active in 100 Black Men of Greater Ft. Lauderdale and Junior Achievement ... served as motivational speaker for Plantation area Little Leaguers


 Donnell Vercher
 DB  |  6-2  |  200  |  Clovis, Calif. (Clovis/Fresno City College)

Junior College: Finished sophomore season at Fresno City College with 23 tackles and eight interceptions, earning junior college All-America honors ... had 41 tackles, three interceptions and four pass breakups as a freshman

High School: Three-star recruit by Rivals and ESPN ... as a senior, named 2010 Tri-River Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year ... finished senior season with 112 tackles, three interceptions, six forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and three blocked kicks ... also rushed for 258 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior ... also competed in basketball, track and volleyball ... coach was Rich Hammond

Personal: Parents are Betty and Eric Vercher ... cousin, Roshon Vercher, played football at Fresno State ... volunteered with Amazing Grace Ministries ... enjoys spending time with family


 Jakarrie Washington
 DB  |  5-10  |  170  |  Everett, Mass. (Everett)

High School: Three-star recruit according to Scout ... ranked as the No. 56 cornerback by Scout, No. 110 by ESPN ... rated as the No. 8 recruit in the state of Massachusetts by ESPN ... caught 33 passes for 439 yards and nine touchdowns, ran for 697 yards on just 75 carries and scored 15 touchdowns, recorded two interceptions and two fumble recoveries, returning one for a touchdown as a senior ... ESPN Boston first-team all-state as a senior ... two-time all-state selection ... head coach was John Dibiaso

Personal: Mother is Keisha Washington


 T.J. Watt
 TE  |  6-4  |  215  |  Pewaukee, Wis. (Pewaukee)

High School: Three-star recruit according to ESPN, Rivals and Scout ... rated as the No. 28 tight end by ESPN, No. 44 by Scout ... ranked as the No. 9 recruit from the state of Wisconsin by Rivals, No. 11 by ESPN ... threw for 527 yards and seven touchdowns and rushed for 554 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior ... also recorded 42 tackles and five sacks as a senior ... honorable mention all-state ... first-team all-conference quarterback, linebacker and punter ... honorable mention all-area at linebacker according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ... made 27 catches for 505 yards and three touchdowns as a junior ... first-team all-conference as a tight end ... also lettered in track and field ... head coach was Justin Friske

Personal: Parents are Connie and John Watt ... brother of former Badgers defensive lineman J.J. Watt, who was named 2012 NFL Defensive Player of the Year with the Houston Texans, and current Badgers fullback Derek Watt


 Robert Wheelwright
 WR  |  6-1  |  179  |  Columbus, Ohio (Walnut Ridge)

High School: Four-star recruit according to Scout ... rated three stars by ESPN and Rivals ... ranked as the No. 28 wide receiver according to Scout, No. 49 by Rivals, No. 70 by ESPN ... rated as the No. 21 recruit in the state of Ohio by Scout, No. 30 by ESPN ... finished career with 26 touchdown receptions ... recorded 48 receptions for 903 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior ... had 45 catches for 528 yards, 11 touchdowns as a junior ... first-team all-city, all-district and all-state as a senior ... advanced honor roll student ... head coach was Byron Mattox

Personal: Parents are Debra and Ernest Wheelwright ... grandfather, Ernie Wheelwright, played football at Southern Illinois and went on to nine-year NFL career with New York Giants, Atlanta and New Orleans ... uncle, Eric Wheelwright, played football at Utah ... brother, Michael Bell, played at Ohio Dominican University ... brother, Ernest Wheelwright III, played football at Minnesota from 2004-07 and went on to pro career with Baltimore Ravens and Saskatchewan Roughriders in the CFL ... high school teammate of current Badgers tight end Austin Traylor


 Jack Cichy
 LB  |  6-3  |  195  |  Somerset, Wis. (Hill Murray)

Cichy

High School: Recorded 107 tackles, seven tackles for loss, four sacks, six forced fumbles and four fumbles recovered, as well as one interception, four pass breakups and two blocked kicks as a senior ... all-conference selection as a senior ... honorable mention all-state ... team MVP as a senior ... finished with 111 tackles, seven tackles for loss, two sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumbles recovered, plus three interceptions, seven pass breakups and four blocked punts as a junior ... all-conference selection ... two-time team captain ... 58 tackles and one pass broken up as a sophomore

Personal: Parents are Lisa and Steve Cichy ... father played football at Notre Dame and in the Canadian Football League ... mother played basketball at Marquette ... sister, Tessa, plays basketball for the Badgers ... volunteers with Amnesty International and as a camp counselor with local football and basketball youth ... participated in food preparation at a local homeless shelter and volunteered at Ronald McDonald House ... enjoys golfing, boating and playing with his three dogs


 Joe Ferguson
 QB  |  6-1  |  185  |  Madison, Wis. (Memorial)

Ferguson

High School: Threw for 1,454 yards and 13 touchdowns while rushing for 406 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior ... first-team all-region, first-team all-conference quarterback, second-team all-conference defensive back, all-city quarterback, team captain ... named to the 2012 IMG All-Madden Team ... ranked as the second-best quarterback in Wisconsin by Wissports ... threw for 1,247 yards and nine touchdowns in an injury shortened junior season, while rushing for 415 yards and five more touchdowns ... won all-city quarterback as a sophomore ... high school coach was Mike Galindo

Personal: Parents are Dawn and Brad Ferguson ... dad played football at the University of Nebraska (1985-89) ... grandson of UW Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez ... volunteered at Wisconsin high school state football games and as a little league coach ... enjoys golf, video games, traveling and reading


 Ben Hemer
 OL  |  6-6  |  250  |  Medford, Wis. (Medford)

Hemer

High School: Recorded 54 tackles, including 10 for loss and three sacks, as a senior ... anchored an offensive line that rushed for 2,118 yards and 22 touchdowns and produced a total of 2,920 offensive yards and 38 total TDs ... first-team all-conference offensive lineman ... second-team all-conference defensive lineman ... All-Star North Team Selection and team captain ... honorable mention all-conference honors as a junior

Personal: Parents are Kathy and Jeff Hemer ... brother of current Badgers defensive tackle Ethan Hemer ... volunteers as a coach for local youth football and hockey teams ... also involved in Kiwanis Club and Salvation Army ... participates in DECA and FBLA ... enjoys hunting, swimming, ping pong, kayaking and watching football


 D.J. Spurling
 ATH  |  5-11  |  215  |  Slinger, Wis. (Slinger)

Spurling

High School: Ran for 1,084 yards and nine touchdowns, threw one touchdown, and made 76 tackles, including six for loss, as a senior ... all-county offensive player of the year, second team all-conference, team MVP and team captain as a senior ... recorded 104 tackles, eight tackles for loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery as a junior

Personal: Parents are Lisa and Duane Spurling ... uncle, Brian Fulton, played football and basketball at Carroll College (1986-91) ... participated in powerlifting in high school, placing fifth in the state and eighth nationally as a junior ... volunteers with Future Christian Athletes, Skills US, Habitat for Humanity and local youth football programs ... enjoys working out, mountain biking and playing paintball