"I coached Emmit Smith in Pensacola and Cornelius has the potential to be as good of player as him,"Haynes told The Territory. "Cornelius is a Michael Vick type of player. He has the same complexion on the field as him. Vick will make you miss and so will Cornelius. He is the type of quarterback that will look for he runs. He can throw the ball 65-yards in the air."
The 6-5, 205-pound Ingram can do much more than throw the football a country mile. Despite passing for 1,456 yards and 12 touchdowns (90 of 165) this past season, Ingram also rates as one of the top point guards in the country. As a sophomore, Ingram averaged 22.5 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks per game.
"I coached the basketball team last year and I would say that he is a better football player," Haynes said.
"I think Cornelius will play basketball and football for the first two years in college and then decide to go with whatever sport he is doing better in at the time. We (Hawthorne) are a small school (Class A) that has two go both ways. Our lineman average around 190 pounds, so Cornelius has to do a lot of running to get away. When I was in Tallahassee, (FSU defensive coordinator) Mickey (Andrews) and the quarterback coach were asking about him. Actually, the quarterback coach (Daryl Dickey) said that he would be out to check him out this spring."
Ingram also rushed for 380 yards and four touchdowns last season, earning second-team all-state honors. He has been timed at 4.5 in the 40. Ingram passed for 1,740 yards (95 of 166) with 15 touchdowns and only five interceptions his sophomore season. Ingram also is productive in the classroom, boasting a 2.8 grade-point average and a score of 860 on the PSAT.
Ingram, considered by some as a better athlete than quarterback Xavier Lee of Daytona Beach Seabreeze, is said to be interested in the Sunshine State's Big Three in Florida State, Florida and Miami, according to Haynes. In fact, there are some who believes the Seminoles are the frontrunner for the two-sport standout.