Shortly after announcing his de-committed to the Huskies on Twitter, Ingold verbally committed to Wisconsin, making him the 25th verbal commitment of Wisconsin’s 2015 recruiting class.
“It was extremely tough to flip from Northern Illinois because everyone there is a class act, and I have had such a great relationship with all of them,” Ingold told BadgerNation. “But when you get Coach Chryst and Coach Rudolph walking into your house and them showing you interest and really being genuine with you, it is big. I just had to take a step back and recap on everything that has happened the last few days. Seeing these guys actually care about me and want me a part of the program real bad… I know it is a late offer and I know they offered me at Pittsburgh, so they really wanted me and having that genuine interest kind of put me over the top with Wisconsin.”
The 6-2, 205-pound Ingold is the No. 49 ranked quarterback in the nation and a three-star recruit by Scout.com, but will be playing outside linebacker to start his career at Madison, which is a position he not unfamiliar with.
“It is kind of like they offered me as an athlete, but they said outside linebacker is kind of where they are directing me,” said Ingold. “It is subject to change if we mutually feel like there is a better spot on the team. I got a little bit of a wrestling background and it is not like a foreign language to me playing outside linebacker. I practiced all linebacker spots and cornerback this year, even in practice, so I am familiar with the defensive side of the ball. I feel like it won’t be a seamless transition, but it is not something that will take over a huge amount of time.”
Ingold choose Wisconsin over additional offers from Air Force, Central Michigan, Illinois State and Miami (OH) while hearing from Iowa State, Michigan State and Minnesota. He also becomes the fourth in-state commitment joining Brown Deer’s Zack Baun, Mequon Homestead’s David Pfaff and Seymour’s Jon Dietzen, who was announced Tuesday as one of five early enrollees for UW’s spring semester.
How excited is Ingold to finally become a Badger?
“I’m pretty frickin excited!”