Wisconsin football has 19 players signed in its 2018 recruiting class as National Signing Day approaches. But, as is the case in most classes around the country, not every committed prospect ultimately winds up signing. In the case of the Badgers, two previously committed players did not sign.
So, what happened? Here is a look at Wisconsin’s de-commitments from the 2018 class:
QB Ben Bryant (La Grange, Ill.) — Signed with Cincinnati
Ben Bryant was one of the more controversial de-commitments in recent memory for the Badgers program. He claimed he had his Wisconsin scholarship offer pulled in May, one day after tweeting about an offer he received from Georgia.
Bryant provided an update via Twitter in which he addressed what transpired. He said he “had no intention of ever committing” to Georgia but appreciated the attention the school was showing him. Bryant said he called Wisconsin quality-control coach Jon Budmayr and left a message to alert him of the offer but reminded him he was “still 100 percent committed to the Badgers.”
“The next morning we spoke on the phone and I was informed that I was no longer a good fit for Wisconsin and I was encouraged to continue looking for a fit,” Bryant wrote. “The implication that my loyalty to UW had been compromised was not true and is what saddens me the most.”
Bryant went on to express that communication on Wisconsin’s part had been “subpar at times and during several visits.” He said he still wanted to be a student and a football player at Wisconsin.
— Ben Bryant (@benbryant_6) May 14, 2017
Of course, we only know Bryant’s side of the story. But it seems curious that Bryant would be dropped because of one tweet about Georgia. After all, 2019 Badgers quarterback commit Graham Mertz has tweeted about scholarship offers from Michigan, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Missouri and Georgia since he committed to the Badgers on Oct. 8.
The timing of Bryant’s departure took place about a week after Wisconsin received a commitment from quarterback Chase Wolf (Cincinnati) in the 2018 class. It seemed as though the Badgers wanted two quarterbacks in the class given that depth is an issue at the position. Bryant committed to Cincinnati in June and signed with the Bearcats in December.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Bryant is a 3-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 30 pro-style quarterback in the class, per the 247Sports composite.
S Trent Ingalls (Menasha, Wis.)
Trent Ingalls decided in August that he would not be a part of Wisconsin’s 2018 recruiting class because he no longer wanted to pursue football in college. The 6-1, 175-pound Ingalls was a 3-star prospect who ranked as the No. 9 player in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin was the first school to offer Ingalls in June 2016. He committed to the Badgers that October. Ingalls recorded 73 tackles as a junior, with 6 forced fumbles and 3 interceptions. He closed his senior season with 45 tackles and 2 interceptions.
After Ingalls’ de-commitment, Wisconsin pursued and signed cornerback Donte Burton (Loganville, Ga.) to help fill out the back end in the class. Burton is one of five early enrollees on campus in time for spring football.