Texas hosts a junior day this weekend and the No. 1 running back in the Lone Star State plans to travel the 260 miles southwest to Austin for the event.
Carthage High School's Keaontay Ingram, a top 200 overall prospect in the 2018 Scout 300, will visit Texas after taking recent junior day trips to Texas A&M and TCU. All three in-state schools have offered Ingram, as well as almost 20 other Power Five conference programs, including Arkansas, Baylor, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Texas Tech, UCLA, and several others.
What does Ingram want to check out this weekend during his visit?
"The campus, that's always something I wanna see. The coaches, where everything's at, the environment, the people," Ingram said. "Getting to see a couple players and asking how they're liking Texas and stuff like that."
Ingram said head coach Tom Herman, running backs coach Stan Drayton, and offensive line coach Derek Warehime recruit him for the Longhorns, who appear to have placed a high priority on the Texas Sports Writers Association's Class 4A Co-Offensive Player of the Year.
The 6-foot, 190-pound Ingram -- who will make the trip with his mother and hopefully his grandparents, he added -- said he hears "every other day" from Herman.
"They really want me," Ingram said Herman told him, "and they really like my style of playing and they feel like I can do it all."
Indeed he can.
As a junior this past fall, Ingram ran for 2,244 yards and 32 touchdowns, while catching 47 passes for 492 yards and two TD's to lead Carthage to a 13-2 finish and the Texas Class 4A Division I state championship, the school's fifth title in nine seasons. Ingram possesses a unique combination of frame potential and close-quarters elusiveness, while also being an exceptional pass-catcher out of the backfield.
Ingram has a busy schedule that has prevented him from making more junior day visits, such as this past weekend's Oklahoma event. He just finished basketball season and immediately starts track. Ingram added that his mother is busy with track as well since she coaches at Carthage Junior High.
As noted above, he did get a chance to check out Texas A&M and TCU.
"What stood out to me about A&M was how seriously they take their academics and how many tutors they have," Ingram said. "I feel like they really care about their players. It's a nice facility to be in. (The campus) is not as big as you think it is once you get used to it. I really, really like the campus."
Ingram said he "had a great time at TCU," which he visited at the end of January.
"They had nice facilities as well," Ingram said. "We got to view everything in the football department: the coaches' offices, training room, and all that different stuff."
With a busy spring ahead, Ingram is not yet sure about other visits after the upcoming trip to Texas.
"I don't know yet because I've got to find a good time to schedule them," Ingram said. "I don't know when or where my next visit will be. I'll have to squeeze something in."
As far as a timeline for a decision, Ingram is taking his time with the recruiting process for now.
"I'm thinking on it but I don't wanna rush it," Ingram said.
Ingram emphasized academics as a key factor in his recruitment. He said he knows regardless of where he winds up, he will get a good education.
After that, he said "coaches, the people around me, and which system I think best fits the way I play" will be key factors in his eventual decision.
Following the Texas junior day, Ingram will compete at The Opening Dallas regional camp March 5 at The Star in Frisco, Texas. Stick with Scout as we continue to track Ingram's development and recruitment.