Alec Ingold nearly didn’t sign with the Badgers.
The Bay Port High School quarterback – he’ll be switching to linebacker in Madison – verbally committed to Northern Illinois before deciding to stay at home and join the Badgers. He inked his letter of intent Wednesday, but it’s when he heard that Paul Chryst was hired as the new head coach at Wisconsin that made him commit himself to the in-state university.
“I wasn’t really thinking about Pitt because I knew Northern Illinois was the place for me, but when he moved up to Wisconsin I don’t really think I could pass that offer up,” said of Chryst who also recruited him as the head coach at Pittsburgh. “The offer just transferred and showed that he wanted me before he was in Wisconsin so it wasn’t just to offer an in-state kid. He really wanted me there and I can appreciate that.”
While Ingold will remain in the state of Wisconsin, he’ll have to learn a new position. Understanding the concept – from avoiding tacklers to becoming one – isn’t a concern to his new head coach.
“I think they’re really good football players,” Chryst said of Ingold and another in-state multi-sport product in Zack Baun from Brown Deer High School. “You just look that he’s 28-0 as a wrestler, he’s tops in his class as a student, player of the year with 2,000 yards rushing. And when you watch his tape, you say ‘He likes playing the game.’”
He’s headed to Wisconsin to play football; that’s something Ingold, Chryst and Badgers’ fans can all be happy about.