One of the top junior defensive players in the state, Menasha safety Trent Ingalls had been invited but never got the opportunity to watch a Wisconsin football game at Camp Randall Stadium. He wasn’t going to miss this one.
Sitting in the stands and soaking it all in during Wisconsin’s night game against No.2 Ohio State, Ingalls called the environment “absolutely crazy.”
“It was a great experience, especially at a night game,” Ingalls told BadgerNation. “The atmosphere was crazy, and I enjoyed it a lot.”
The 6-1, 175-pound Ingalls actually has been to two Badgers game this season. But while the environment at Lambeau Field for Wisconsin’s 16-14 season-opening win over No.5 LSU was special, especially with the players doing the Lambeau Leap after the victory, it was nowhere close to Saturday night.
“Camp Randall seemed a lot more packed and a lot more people were there,” Ingalls said. “The atmosphere was crazier and louder. After the game I got to go into the locker room and speak to some coaches.”
Although he had been on campus previously for camps, Ingalls called the facilities “amazing.”
“Overall Wisconsin is very impressive to me,” Ingalls said.
Being recruited by defensive backs coach Jim Leonhard and special teams coach Chris Haering, the Badgers remain Ingalls lone scholarship offer, but he said he’s getting interest from Central Michigan, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern and Purdue.
Menasha heads into Friday’s first-round playoff game a perfect 9-0 and champions of the Bay Conference. Ingalls has 65 tackles on the year with three interceptions, including a pick-six.
“We’ve got a lot of momentum going into the playoffs and we’re excited,” Ingalls said. “I’m just doing everything I can to improve so my team can succeed. We want to get to state like we were in 2014.”