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S Trent Ingalls de-commits from Badgers’ 2018 class
When Trent Ingalls garnered a Wisconsin scholarship offer back on June 4, 2016, it seemed almost a foregone conclusion that he would wind up in a Badgers uniform. The following day, Ingalls named Wisconsin as his leader in the recruiting process. That fall, he took an unofficial visit to watch Wisconsin play Ohio State in front of a packed prime-time crowd at Camp Randall Stadium and committed to the Badgers two weeks later, on October 29.
But the tale of Ingalls’ recruitment took a different turn on Thursday, when word leaked that he was no longer committed to Wisconsin’s 2018 class and wasn’t likely to even play college football. The story was first reported by Ben Worgull of Scout.com and confirmed by J.P. Cadorin of Spectrum Sports. Worgull reported that Ingalls was considering attending Division III University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh as a student only.
Just stopped by Menasha to chat with All-State player Trent Ingalls. Has actually decommitted from UW and doesn't plan on playing CFB at all pic.twitter.com/TAe79TX82W
— JP Cadorin (@jpcadorin) August 10, 2017
Ingalls is a 6-foot-1, 175-pound all-state safety from Menasha, Wis., which is located just north of Oshkosh and is about two hours from Madison. And his de-commitment now puts Wisconsin’s number for the 2018 class at 18, which includes four in-state prospects.
So, where does Wisconsin go from here?
The Badgers now have three defensive backs committed in 2018, with safety Reggie Pearson Jr. (River Rouge, Mich.), cornerback Alexander Smith (Culver City, Calif.) and cornerback Travian Blaylock (Humble, Texas). Wisconsin has been waiting on a possible commitment from cornerback Marquis Williams (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), who recently listed Wisconsin as his leader. Williams intends to take official visits this fall to Wisconsin, Penn State, Minnesota and Pittsburgh. But Pearson Jr. is the only safety in the class.
Wisconsin should be just fine with its numbers at safety moving forward even without Ingalls. The Badgers are set to lose two scholarship safeties after this season with the departures of seniors Joe Ferguson and converted cornerback Natrell Jamerson. But Wisconsin will return five safeties on scholarship: D’Cota Dixon, Patrick Johnson, Seth Currens, Eric Burrell and Scott Nelson, while adding Pearson Jr. to the mix.
Huge recruiting day for Badgers hoops
One of the most significant recruiting days for Wisconsin’s basketball program in recent memory took place on Wednesday afternoon, when four top prospects all visited the Badgers’ practice.
In the house to watch Wisconsin as it prepared for a five-game exhibition tour of New Zealand and Australia were 2018 guard Tyler Herro, 2018 forward Nate Laszewski, 2019 forward Nobal Days and 2020 forward Jalen Johnson. Of those four players, only Herro has committed to the Badgers.
Herro, a 6-foot-4, 170-pound shooting guard from Milwaukee, currently represents the Badgers’ lone committed prospect in any future class. He is rated as a 4-star prospect, according to the 247Sports composite, and is the No. 2 player in Wisconsin for 2018. How much sway he holds over the other prospects in the gym Wednesday remains to be seen. But Wisconsin basketball fans are likely salivating at the prospect of those four players all competing in a Badgers jersey.
Laszewski is the latest player in that bunch to garner a Wisconsin scholarship offer. The 6-10, 190-pound forward from Northfield, Mass., showcased his versatility in July at the Adidas Uprising tournament in Las Vegas for the New England Playaz. Arguably no player had a more productive month on the AAU basketball circuit than Laszewski, who picked up scholarship offers from Wisconsin, Indiana, Arizona, Virginia and North Carolina in the span of four days from July 28-31.
He also received a scholarship offer from Notre Dame on July 24, which 247Sports notes is his potential front-runner. Laszewski is rated as a 4-star prospect and the No. 4 player in Massachusetts.
Laszewski attended practice Wednesday with his father, Jay, who played basketball at Wisconsin from 1982-86. His sister, Abby, is a current member of the Badgers women’s basketball team
Days (Racine, Wis.) is rated as the No. 1 player in Wisconsin for 2019. He garnered his Wisconsin scholarship offer in September and has taken unofficial visits to the school in October, February and now on Wednesday. The 6-9, 195-pound Days most recently picked up a scholarship offer from Boston College on July 24. In total he has nine scholarship offers, including Illinois, Northwestern, Iowa and Marquette
Johnson will only be a sophomore this season at Sun Prairie High School, which is located less than 30 minutes from the Kohl Center. He already holds scholarship offers from Marquette and Wisconsin. But the 6-6, 160-pound Johnson is also garnering interesting from Duke and North Carolina, among others, and would appear to have a long way to go in his recruiting process.
At the very least, the fact Wisconsin’s coaching staff was able to ensure all four players attended practice on the same day is a good sign. It represents yet another benefit to the Badgers’ international trip, which provided the current team with 10 extra practices this month.
2018 RB Elijah Collins lists Wisconsin in top 6
Elijah Collins, a 6-foot, 194-pound running back from Detroit, announced his top six schools via Twitter on Monday night. The list: Michigan State, Iowa, Wisconsin, Purdue, Pittsburgh and Mississippi State.
— AP (@Eli_Collins2) August 8, 2017
Michigan State is considered the front-runner for Collins at this juncture, and he attended the Spartans’ first fall camp practice on July 31. Collins told Scout.com reporter Hondo Carpenter that he had official visits planned for Michigan State, Iowa and Wisconsin that are “set in stone.”
Wisconsin already has a running back commitment in the 2018 class from Nakia Watson (Austin, Texas), so it seems unlikely that Collins would also pick the Badgers. Michigan State does not have a running back already in its class.
Collins is a 3-star prospect and is rated as the No. 21 player in Michigan for the 2018 class, per the 247Sports composite rankings. Three Wisconsin commits from the state currently rank ahead of Collins: safety Reggie Pearson Jr. (No. 12), offensive tackle Michael Furtney (No. 15) and tight end Jaylan Franklin (No. 16).