Tanner Ingle (Photo by Corey Bender)

Badgers Recruiting: Orlando (FL) Phillips cornerback Tanner Ingle knows smaller DBs succeed at Wisconsin

With size of its secondary players not a big factor to Wisconsin's coaches, Orlando (FL) Phillips cornerback Tanner Ingle sees himself as a fit with the Badgers.

If Orlando (FL) Phillips cornerback Tanner Ingle had ended his recruitment in mid-May, the senior would have picked from an impressive 17 offers, including Maryland, North Carolina State, Syracuse, Wake Forest and Washington State.

Roughly a month later, Ingle has a lot more choices.

Starting with a four offer day on May 18, Ingle has doubled his offer total with schools like Mississippi State North Carolina, Stanford, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin and new offers this week from Missouri, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

“It’s really exciting because it hasn’t been busy, but all of sudden I just started dropping offers,” Ingle said. “Especially the Wisconsin offer, because to me that’s a top-10 program.”

It’s evident that the Badgers left an impression on Ingle. Announcing his top 10 list Tuesday, Ingle had Wisconsin as the only Big Ten school on his list.


“They are a real consistent with winning,” Ingle said of the Badgers. “I was speaking with Coach Jim Leonhard about the kind of defense they run. Last year both of their starting safeties were 5-9 and 185 (pounds). They don’t care about height. That’s big for me because I’m 5-9, 185 and they’re leaving when I come in.”

Wisconsin already has two safeties in the 2018 recruiting class – Menasha (WI) High Trent Ingalls and River Rouge (Mich) High’s Reggie Pearson – and appear to be done at the position. With Ingle having the ability to play safety, corner or nickel, Leonhard said his Wisconsin offer is “committable.”

It’s a typical question Ingle asks college coaches of programs he’s “really interested in.”

“He said ‘of course,’ as soon as I step foot on to campus,” Ingle said. “He cares about me enough to tell me he doesn’t want me to commit until I come down there and meet everybody so I’m comfortable.”

Finishing last season with 77 tackles (13 for loss), two interceptions and two forced fumbles, Ingle plans to take his official visits in the fall after he’s made his choice.

“I want to commit before my senior season starts, maybe late July or early August,” Ingle said. “I still want to take my officials during the season.”

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