Ball State and Bowling Green weren't the only programs in the Mid-American Conference to land a commitment from one of the top quarterback prospects in the Midwest over the weekend. Northern Illinois and head coach Rod Carey received their 11th commitment of the 2015 recruiting cycle when signal caller Alec Ingold picked the Huskies over the Miami Redhawks and the North Dakota State Bison, during an unofficial visit to DeKalb, Illinois.
"Coach Carey had my family in his office. We had a good talk and we were all ecstatic that I was joining the Huskie family," the 6-foot-2 220 pound Green Bay, Wisconsin native told Hustle Belt.
"I just felt like Northern Illinois was a great fit for me at the quarterback position. It's a great place to be and it's football program continues to grow and succeed," Ingold said. "I really wanted to go to a football team that has a expatiation of winning conference Championships, year in, and year out. The engineering program was a huge pull for me as well," he added..
Relatively new to the position, Ingold, a former standout running back, made the switch to quarterback last season as a junior for Bay Port High School. In his first full year under center, the future Huskie, completed nearly 60 percent of his passing attempts for over 1,400 yards and 13 touchdowns. He didn't disappoint on the ground either. Using his sub 4.6 speed, he rushed for 860 yards and 10 more scores, to help lead his Pirate teammates to an overall record of 9-2.
A very mature young man, Ingold is already well aware that when it comes to major college football, nothing is handed out, only earned, especially playing time.
"I know plans change, but I'm intending to redshirt, and then compete for the (starting) job. Hopefully being competitive early on will help out in becoming a contributor to the team early on. Like I said before, NIU is a great place, and I'm happy to be a part of it now."
Still a year or two away from suiting up for Northern Illinois, see why Ingold is currently ranked the 10th player in Wisconsin, 52nd best dual threat quarterback, and 1,561st overall prospect in the entire class of 2015, according to the 247Sports Composite, with these Hudl highlight clips of him in action from last season: