During Wisconsin’s high school summer camps throughout the month of June, the only known scholarship offer extended went into the willing arms of Menasha (WI) junior safety Trent Ingalls. It was his first scholarship offer.
But even if he had a dozen other offers to consider, Ingalls – who grew up a Wisconsin fan – couldn’t hide the fact what the opportunity meant to him.
“It feels like something that can’t be real,” Ingalls told BadgerNation, admitting he was “almost in tears” when UW offered. “They took me into the locker room and inside coach’s room. They talked to me and told me how much they love my game and my length. They told me they think I can cover anybody that I want to, and they saw a great work ethic on the field, and that is what first caught their eye. The whole staff, and Coach Turner were very nice and complimentary.”
Still staying in frequent contact with tight end coach Mickey Turner and is planning to visit for a game this year. Not only is Wisconsin a favorite of his because it’s the in-state school, Ingalls wants to major in business (UW has a top 30 business school in the country) and said his numerous trips to campus give it a “home feeling.”
“I love it at Madison,” Ingalls said. “It was rated number one college town and the 16th best campus. I don’t pay a lot of attention to those but it backs up what my family and I have seen. It has a great feel to it, and the people are all so generous. The terrace is one of my favorite spots to overlook the lake. The schooling is top notch, and I could definitely see myself playing football there
While Ingalls has held off on pulling the trigger, the Badgers could really put themselves over the edge if they offer Ingalls’ cousin, Neenah (WI) 2018 safety Preston Ingalls, at least a preferred walk-on opportunity. While Preston didn’t attend camp, Trent said his cousin is on the coaching staff’s radar.
“For me, I want to go somewhere that not only wants me, but wants me and my cousin,” Trent said. “He was at the U.S.A. camp instead of the Badgers camp, and he regrets it, a lot. I told the coaches that he and I are a package deal, and that they need to stay tuned for him this year. We both are going to ball out this year, and I really wish he was at the camp. I feel he could have got an offer also.”