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National Signing Day 2015: LB/QB Alec Ingold signs with Wisconsin

The 2014 Wisconsin Gatorade Player of the Year will convert to linebacker for the Badgers.

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Class Position Height Weight
2015 LB/DUAL 6'2 220 lbs.
School Composite Ranking
Green Bay (Bay Port, Wis.) 3-star recruit3-star recruit3-star recruit LB*

*Ingold is expected to move to linebacker at Wisconsin. Only Scout's ranking system has updated in accordance with his new position, while others continue to label him as a dual-threat quarterback.

Alec Ingold was a surprise addition to Wisconsin's incoming recruiting class. He originally committed to Northern Illinois last June to play quarterback, but flipped to the Badgers after receiving an offer in mid-January.

Though Ingold tore it up in high school as a dual-threat quarterback, being named the state's player of the year by multiple publications, his future with the Badgers lies on the other side of the ball. Many scouting websites have pegged him as an outside linebacker, but according to Ingold, defensive coordinator Dave Aranda envisions him playing the rover inside linebacker position.

Derek Landisch filled that role this past season and had an outstanding senior year, totaling 84 tackles, 16 of which were for loss, and nine sacks. Considering Ingold has no experience playing linebacker, any possibility he turns into Landisch is at least a couple years away. But judging by his athleticism on his highlight tapes, Ingold certainly has potential to fit in nicely with Aranda's modified 3-4 scheme.

Rankings

Again, not every database has changed its classification of Ingold to reflect his new position, but for the purposes of comprehensiveness, I have included them here.

Scout: Three-star, (No. 53 OLB)

Rivals: Two-star, 5.4 (No. 8 WI)

ESPN: Three-star, 72 (No. 59 DUAL; No. 8 WI)

247: Two-star, 79 (No. 55 DUAL; No. 10 WI)

Verbally committed Jan. 20, 2015

Ingold originally committed to Northern Illinois in June to play quarterback. But over a two-day span in mid-January, he received an offer from his in-state school and decommitted from the Huskies. The Gary Andersen regime did not show much interest in Ingold, but new offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph and holdover defensive backs coach and UW's new recruiting coordinator Ben Strickland offered him a scholarship to play linebacker. He accepted the offer Jan. 20 and took an official visit three days later. Besides Wisconsin and Northern Illinois, Ingold received scholarship offers from Air Force, Central Michigan, Illinois State, Miami (Ohio) and North Dakota State.

Video highlights

Statistics

Senior: 1,411 passing yards, 15 pass TD; 2,324 rushing yards, 29 rush TD

Junior: 1,427 passing yards, 13 pass TD; 860 rushing yards, 10 TD

Awards

2014 Associated Press state Player of the Year

2014 Wisconsin Football Coaches Association all-state team

2014 Fox River Classic all-conference pick and Co-Offensive Player of the Year