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Wisconsin football recruiting: ATH Alec Ingold flips to Wisconsin from Northern Illinois

Alec Ingold pounced on new interest from his home-state Badgers.

Graphic: Phil Mitten

Lost in the festival of fun that was Tuesday night's boathousing of Iowa in the hoops was the fact that the Badgers ended up grabbing themselves an in-state prospect as Alec Ingold decided that staying in-state and playing linebacker was worth more than going to Northern Illinois and playing quarterback.

Ingold had committed to Northern Illinois in late June, but landed an offer from Wisconsin earlier this week. Ben Strickland gets the primary credit on his flip, while new offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph lands his first credit back in Madison.

Ingold, a 6'2, 220-pound athlete, first issued some words to NIU before announcing his flip to UW.

While Ingold is a two-star prospect by most metrics, there are plenty of reasons to believe the Bay Port quarterback can project to linebacker and develop into a future player at the position. He was timed with a 4.68-second 40-yard dash during the Badgers' summer camp, which shows that he has a chance at developing into a good pass rusher off the edge, As one of the top high school wrestlers at the 220-pound level in the state, he also definitely has the toughness to hold up at the position.

Paul Chryst made a late offer for Ingold toward the end of his tenure at Pitt, so when you consider the likelihood of linebacker commit Dominic Sheppard decommitting between now and National Signing Day, an offer like this isn't surprising. Ingold also received offers from Air Force, Central Michigan, Miami (Ohio) and North Dakota State.

And finally, if you were concerned by Ingold's apparent "confusion" over the university's name... he's on it.