Committed Over: Alec Ingold, a former Northern Illinois commit, flipped commitment to Wisconsin over other scholarship offers from Air Force, Central Michigan, Illinois State, Miami (OH), North Dakota State and Pittsburgh. He also said he was getting interest from Iowa State, Michigan State and Minnesota.
Rated: Ingold is rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com. Although he’s projected to start at linebacker, Ingold is ranked the No.49 quarterback in the country and the No.10 quarterback in the Midwest.
On Film: Ingold had an incredible season as a quarterback. I think the question on him is how he translates to linebacker. I saw him play it a little bit at Michigan State's camp. I think because he'll be undersized there, he projects as a WILL. Obviously, you love his football instincts and toughness, and he's a good athlete. He will just have to get bigger and stronger and learn the position, but kids with his intangibles and natural athleticism tend to find ways to make it, and you also like to take kids who were quarterbacks because they're usually smart leaders who understand what everybody on the field's jobs are. – National Recruiting Analyst Allen Trieu
Recruiting Impact: For starters, offering Ingold and other in-state prospects will the Badgers tremendously going forward. Trust between Wisconsin’s coaching staff and the in-state coaches had dwindled over the last year with the Badgers having offered only two in-state prospects in the spring – Jon Dietzen and David Pfaff – and didn’t offer another one (Zack Baun) a greyshirt until late fall.
Four days into the live recruiting period, Ingold was one of four in-state players who got some type of offer from the UW staff. Trust is being restored and the wall is being patched.
Offering Ingold as an outside linebacker makes sense with three Wisconsin commits at the defensive end/outside linebacker position – Nate Howard, Jake Pickard and Dominic Sheppard - being soft commits and taking other official visits. There’s a chance all three kids could remain committed, but letting a good in-state prospect go while you wait is bad for business. Ingold is a solid security blanket.
Another in-state prospect – Wausau West linebacker Jake Whalen – holds a greyshirt offer and will visit the Badgers next weekend. Arrington Farrar – a four-star prospect who was formerly committed to Stanford – is also considering a UW official visit in the final two weeks before signing day. Columbus (OH) Walnut Ridge Anthony McKee is also throwing around the idea of visiting UW, but he appears Michigan State bound.
Quotable: “(Outside linebacker) is subject to change if (the coaches and I) 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
Final Thought: The team’s quarterback this past season, Ingold rushed for 2,324 yards and 29 touchdowns and passed for 1,411 yards (87-of-142) and 15 touchdowns en route to being named AP Offensive and Gatorade State Player of the Year this fall. Wisconsin has got phenomenal mileage out of these type of athletes for years and years. It should be comforting to Wisconsin fans that Chryst understands that and will likely go after those kids moving forward.