2015 Intro: Alec Ingold

With the University of Wisconsin welcoming its 2015 recruiting class to campus this week, BadgerNation looks at the new Badgers joining the program, like Green Bay (WI) Bay Port athlete Alec Ingold.

Commitment Date: 1/20/15

Accolades: Alec Ingold attended Bay Port High School … ranked as the No. 1 outside linebacker in Wisconsin, No. 14 in the Midwest and No. 53 by Scout.com … named 2014 Associated Press Wisconsin Player of the Year … first-team all-state by AP and Wisconsin Football Coaches Association … 2014 Gatorade Wisconsin Player of the Year … finalist for Dave Krieg Award for state’s most outstanding quarterback … led Bay Port to 2014 Wisconsin Division 1 state semifinals … as a senior, averaged 178.8 rushing yards per game, totaling 2,324 yards and 29 touchdowns on the season … completed 61.3 percent of his passes for 1,411 yards and 15 TDs … also posted a 1,024-yard rushing season with 22 TDs at running back as a sophomore, earning first-team All-Fox River Classic Conference honors … in 34 career games, rushed for 4,208 yards and 61 touchdowns while completing 60.5 percent of his passes for 2,838 yards and 28 TDs.

Recruiting Competition: Ingold, a former Northern Illinois commit, flipped his 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.

Why Wisconsin? “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. 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. Seeing these guys actually care about me and want me a part of the program real bad. I know it (was) a late offer but they offered me at Pittsburgh, so they really wanted me, and having that genuine interest kind of put me over the top with Wisconsin.”

Scouting Report: Ingold had an incredible season as a quarterback. I think the question on him is how he translates to linebacker. National Recruiting Analyst Allen Trieu saw him play it a little bit at Michigan State's camp. Because he'll be undersized, 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.

BadgerNation Prediction: Given his wrestling background, playing linebacker won’t be foreign to Ingold, who has practiced at all linebacker spots and even cornerback. Ingold will play the same position former in-state linebacker Derek Landisch played for UW last season. While he is not a player that will overwhelm you currently, he still has a very good football IQ and is a student of the game. Ingold will put in the work to understand this new role, and could even be an early contributor to Wisconsin on special teams.

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