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Wisconsin lands commitment from 2018 safety Trent Ingalls

22 OCT 2016: wisconsin head football coach Paul Chryst during a Big Ten Conference football game between the Wisconsin Badgers and the Iowa Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. Wisconsin won, 17-9. (Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire)
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The Wisconsin Badgers have landed a prized in-state prospect for their 2018 recruiting class. The Badgers’ football program has scored some early success in a future recruiting class with a homegrown talent in Menasha High School safety Trent Ingalls.

The up-and-coming defensive back announced his early commitment to the Badgers this weekend in a move that was expected by many for some time after the school made an offer to the prospect this summer. A prized local recruit, he decided that the time was right over the weekend and made his intentions clear that he will be headed to Madison once he finishes his high school career at Menasha.

The local talent told reporters over the weekend that the connection with the Badgers’ program made it an easy decision to declare early.

“I’ve been sick all week and been off my phone, but I committed Sunday,” Ingalls told BadgerBlitz.com. “Definitely being an in-state recruit was a huge factor and growing up following UW has always been a big deal to my family and I.”

Ingalls was recruited by former Wisconsin standout and Baltimore Ravens’ safety Jim Leonhard, who is one of the new defensive coaches at Wisconsin under head coach Paul Chryst. Ingalls told reporters that the Leonhard connection was a big factor as the hire of the former NFL safety and punt returner appears to already be a benefit for the program on the recruiting trail.

“The way coach [Justin] Wilcox manages the defense every week amazes me and also working with Jim Leonard every day is a dream,” he added.

Ingalls is the second 2018 commitment for the Badgers, but as an in-state recruit, he is an important land for the program. Still the class of the state, expect more in-state 2018 commits for Wisconsin to come in down the road as the Badgers have got some of their work done early for the future by landing Ingalls so early in his recruiting process.

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