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Wisconsin Football Lands Commitment From 3-Star OLB Thomas Heiberger

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Madison, Wis. – Luke Fickell and the Wisconsin football program added a defensive player to their talented 2024 recruiting class on Easter Sunday.

After picking up an offer in January and taking his third unofficial visit to Madison during spring practice, three-star linebacker Thomas Heiberger announced his commitment to the Badgers. 

“They’ve got a plan for Wisconsin football,” Heiberger said on The Camp. “They’re going to be competing for Big Ten championships. I truly believe that. That’s why I wanted to be a part of it.” 

According to the 247Sports composite, Heiberger is the No. 656 player in the 2024 recruiting class, the No. 60 LB in the country, and the No. 2 player in South Dakota. 

The Sioux Falls native chose UW over offers from Illinois, Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Oklahoma, Purdue, Stanford, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt, Washington, and Utah.

As a junior, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound linebacker registered 44 tackles, 10 TFLs, six sacks, and one interception. 

Scouting Report

Thomas Heiberger, a standout at Jefferson High School in South Dakota, is one giant piece of moldable clay for the Wisconsin football program because of his intangibles.

When drawing up the ideal measurables for an outside linebacker, Heiberger checks many boxes for the Badgers. That’s because he has a 39-inch vertical leap, can broad jump 10 feet, 7 inches, and runs a 4.6-second 40-yard dash–all of which you can’t teach. 

His frame suggests UW can pack plenty of good weight to play on the edge. Heiberger’s unique blend of size, length, speed, and twitchiness allows him to be disruptive at the line of scrimmage.

Heiberger is the type of player worth bringing aboard in the 2024 cycle because his best days are ahead of him. His upside as a pass-rusher is unlimited, but it might take a few years before he’s ready to see the field. Locking him up now is a big win before summer official visits start nationwide.

The Impact of Thomas Heiberger Joining the Wisconsin Football Program 

Thomas Heiberger is commitment No. 5 for the Wisconsin football program in the 2024 recruiting cycle, joining Mabrey Mettauer, Grant Stec, Robert Booker, and Derek Jensen. 

With his addition, UW now has the No. 21 recruiting class in the country, per 247Sports. 


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