Menasha (WI) High sophomore Trent Ingalls headed down to the University of Wisconsin’s one-day high school summer camp with the simple goal of trying to get better as a football player. His high school coach planted a different idea in his head.
“My coach told me it’s probable if I go there I could get an offer,” Ingalls told BadgerNation. “I went in there, busted my butt and put everything out on the field there.”
Ingalls’ work didn’t go unnoticed. By the end of the camp, Ingalls was sitting in head coach Paul Chryst’s office and drove home with a scholarship – his first – from the Badgers.
“After the camp, they brought me up to Coach Chryst’s office and talked to him for about a half hour, just talking about who I am,” Ingalls said. “He said they were going to give me an offer and, dang, I was in so much shock.”
“It’s a huge honor,” he added. “It just shows me that the level I’ve been playing at has paid off, and I just have to keep going and never settle.”
The Wisconsin coaching staff had been talking to his head coach for the past two weeks but Saturday’s camp was his first real interaction with Wisconsin secondary coach Jim Leonhard.
“Every time I would have a good rep he would run up to me and give me a five,” Ingalls said. “He did that for everyone. He was extremely nice to everyone, accepting and would help you out if you needed the help. He’s just a really nice guy. The whole coaching staff is great.”
Helping his team finish 9-2 and the second round of the WIAA Division 2 tournament, Ingalls finished last season with a team-high four fumble recoveries, three of which resulted in touchdowns. He also had 31 tackles, seven tackles for loss, three sacks and two interceptions.
While admitting Wisconsin was his favorite school growing up (“it’s kind of hard not to when it’s your home state college,” he said), Ingalls plans on taking his time with his recruitment.
“I’ve got another year until I have to make a decision, so I’m not going to accept anything right now,” Ingalls said. “I’m going to keep it on the table, see what other offers I get and come to a decision sooner or later, but not right now.”