Alabama Signee: Mark Ingram

Alabama signee Mark Ingram, running back from Southwestern Flint (Mich.) Academy will not report to Tuscaloosa June 1. Ingram updates the latest news.

Mark Ingram--Running Back Height: 6-foot-1 Weight: 205 lbs.

"I actually graduate on June 3, so I won't be able to arrive at Alabama until around June 6," Ingram said. "I finished with a 3.3 GPA and made an 18 on the ACT, so I'm academically eligible."

Offseason workouts:
"I run track everyday, so that's a workout in itself. I have the workbook the coaching staff gave me, which is a real good program. It's really tough to get through. I've had to cut back on it some because of track practice, but it definitely pushes me real hard."

What part of his game he wants to improve:
"Pass blocking and knowing where I'm supposed to be, when I'm supposed to be there. Getting familiar with these things to the point that when I'm playing, I don't have to think, just use my athleticism."

On what the staff likes about him as a running back:
"They think I can come in and be a playmaker and a difference-maker right away. I just have to come in and prove them right. I have to come in and learn the offense and compete to show them their expectations are right."

Jersey number:
"I'm not sure yet. I want number seven, but I'll probably end up with number 20 or 33."

Which teammates he keeps in touch with the most:
"Robby Green and Damian Square, my two future roommates. I also talk to Star Jackson some, and current Alabama player Luther Davis."

The coaches he talks with the most:
"I talk to coaches Bobby Williams and Burton Burns a lot. I occasionally talk to coach Saban. They just like to keep in touch and see how you're doing."

When he knew Alabama was the place for him:
"When I came home after my visit to Alabama, I just knew there was something special about that place. I just waited and prayed, and knew that's where I wanted to be."

Where he would have ended up if he didn't choose Alabama:
"Either Iowa or Michigan State."

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