As excited as he was to earn his first scholarship, let alone from his dream school at the University of Wisconsin, in the beginning of June, Menasha (WI) junior defensive back Trent Ingalls prevented himself from making a quick decision.
While he let the recruiting process play out for almost five months, experiencing a night game at Camp Randall Stadium pushed him over the edge.
“At that point I was already planning on committing but that game got me more excited,” Ingalls told BadgerNation.
Ingalls joins River Rouge (Mich.) safety Reggie Pearson as commits in the 2018 class, a big boost for a UW secondary that needed to improve its numbers.
Recruited by defensive backs coach Jim Leonhard and special teams coach Chris Haering, Ingalls said he was getting interest from Central Michigan, Iowa, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern and Purdue. The interest was moot considering he grew up wanting to play for the Badgers.
“I didn't want to rush anything but in the back of my mind UW has always been a big deal to me,” Ingalls said. “Waiting helped me really experience being a Badger recruit. The more time I waited the more I saw and the more I saw the more excited and amazed I got by UW.”
Ingalls finished his junior season with 65+ tackles and three interceptions, including a pick-six. He sees himself as a perfect fit in UW's defensive scheme
"They're all aggressive and play makers," Ingalls said of UW's defensive backs. "I feel like I fit that style of play, and working with Coach Leonard sounds like a dream to me."