Auburn Makes Strong Impression on Junior OL

Offensive tackle prospect Brady Ingram (6-5, 275) talks about his visit to Auburn and gives an update on recruiting.

Centreville, Ala.--Even before national signing day for the class of 2012 the Auburn football coaching staff got a head start on 2013 in January playing host to many of the state's prospects including lineman Brady Ingram of Bibb County High School.

"It went great," Ingram said of his visit to the Auburn. "I had a real good time. I really loved it. We took a tour of the campus, met all of the coaches, had individual meetings, and we got a tour of the stadium. It was pretty nice."

Ingram, 6-5 and 275 pounds, noted that the best part of the visit for him was meeting the staff.

"I guess meeting with the coaches was pretty exciting--getting to meet Coach (Gene) Chizik and getting to meeting everybody.

"He's just a real a real motiviational coach," Ingram added of Chizik. "He was just saying to follow your dreams to get to where you need to go."

For Ingram, who plays both defensive line and right tackle for Bibb County but projects as an offensive tackle, it was his first visit to Auburn. Growing up in Centreville, only 30 minutes from Tuscaloosa, that is not familiar territory either.

When asked about the Alabama football program, Ingram responded, "I've never visited Alabama. Auburn is where I want to be, down there in Auburn."

Ingram cited the people at Auburn for naming the Tigers his early leader. "Just the family atmosphere," he explained. "You can come down there and talk to anybody. Everybody is smiling. It's just a real good, family atmosphere."

So far the junior prospect doesn't hold any scholarship offers, but has four schools recruiting him.

"Georgia, Clemson and Troy right now, and Auburn just jumped on, so that's about it."

Playing for Coach Mike Battles, Jr. at a traditional 4A power known for running the football, Ingram said that he takes pride in his run blocking from his right tackle position.

"I really didn't play that much on the defensive side of the ball this year," he said. "It was mostly offensive tackle. I guess run blocking is the best part of my game. That's what we focus on at Bibb County--running the ball.

"If you can run the ball, you can beat anybody," he added. "That's just the way our mentality is. And if you can knock them off the ball then you can run."

Bibb County went 12-1 during the 2011 season and won 10 of its games by 21 points or more. However, the Choctaws ran into eventual champion Jackson in the quarterfinals in a battle of unbeaten teams. Jackson won 49-28.

"I think we did good," Ingram said of the season. "I believe that we could have gone all the way. We just had a slip up here and there. But I believe we had a pretty good, strong season."

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