After a long-winding recruitment that really started to heat up in February, one of the most heavily recruited players in the state of Texas has made his decision. Keaontay Ingram will be playing his college football at the University of Texas.
Ingram has been the top running back and one of the top players on the Texas recruiting board since Tom Herman was hired, though it wasn’t until he received an offer in February that Texas really started to fight for a commitment. Now, almost four months after that offer and a month after naming Texas as his top school, Ingram has pulled the trigger. He committed to the Longhorns with a very cool video posted to his twitter account.
First off I want to thank God for this opportunity! I want to thank my family friends and coaches as well ! But I am committed to ………. pic.twitter.com/RFmcINiHqF
— keaontay ingram (@keaontay_ingram) May 30, 2017
THE INGRAM FILE
Ingram is the ninth player to join Texas’ 2018 class, and the first running back. The 2018 recruiting pool has a lot of talent at running back, so Texas accepting Ingram’s commitment at this point really says a lot about how much they like this kid’s game. Ingram was running backs coach Stan Drayton’s top target, and he’s ecstatic to finally secure his commitment. Ingram will almost certainly be the only running back in the 2018 group for Texas, though don’t be surprised if they bring in an H-back as well, in the mold of Percy Harvin.
Ingram chose Texas over a massive amount of major offers, from schools like Baylor, Florida State, Kansas, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA and USC, among others. He had 28 offers in total, and boasted one of the best offer sheets in the country. Texas was long thought of as being the front-runners in this recruitment, as the Longhorns sold playing time and a history of stellar halfbacks donning the burnt orange. Obviously, Keaontay had heard enough, and was ready to make his intentions public.
Ingram is the best running back in Texas, and one of the top runners in the country. He’s an every down back, and a guy who has the frame to be a workhorse if he adds a bit more weight. He’s a little more raw than some other top running backs, but his ceiling is one of the highest in the country, and he has all the physical gifts needed to be a star at the next level, and perhaps even in the NFL. He doesn’t have Chris Johnson speed, but he’s very quick, powerful, and aggressive with the ball in his hands. He punishes linebackers with big hits, and frequently makes defenders miss with his impressive footwork. He’s a very upright runner, which may ultimately need to be corrected in the future, but it displays excellent balance right now, one of the most important things for a young running back to have. His ceiling comparison is Ezekiel Elliott.