2018 RB Keaontay Ingram (Gabe Brooks / SCOUT)

Scout 300 Running Back Keaontay Ingram Recaps Texas Longhorns Junior Day, Eyes More Spring Visits

CARTHAGE, Texas -- Keaontay Ingram, the No. 1 running back in Texas, recaps his Texas junior day visit and discusses where everything stands in his recruitment.

Keaontay Ingram's junior day visit this past weekend to Texas was the first time he ever trekked the 260 miles southwest from his hometown of Carthage to visit the campus.

Ingram, Scout's No. 1 running back in the state of Texas and the No. 198 overall prospect in the 2018 Scout 300, made the trip with his mother, younger brothers, and grandparents.

Did his family enjoy the trip?

"Oh, they liked it," Ingram said with a smile. "They liked it."

Texas head coach Tom Herman communicates multiple times per week with Ingram, who's also recruited by running backs coach Stan Drayton.

The Longhorns appear to have put quite an emphasis on recruiting Ingram, who will compete in Sunday's The Opening Dallas regional camp at The Star in Frisco.

What was his overall impression of the junior day trip?

"I really, really like the school. I liked the presentation. I feel like coach Tom Herman and coach Drayton know what they're doing and know what it takes," said Ingram, who has more than 20 Power Five conference offers. "We walked around the campus, and it's pretty big, but I enjoyed myself."


The 6-foot, 190-pound Ingram finished basketball season within the past week after helping his Carthage squad reach the second round of the Texas Class 4A playoffs. That campaign came on the heels of Ingram's junior football season, which saw him lead the Bulldogs to a 13-2 record and the Texas Class 4A Division I state championship.

Ingram's high-volume, high-production, versatile game resulted in more than 2,200 rushing yards and almost 500 receiving yards. Virtually all of the in-region powers have offered Ingram, as well as schools in other parts of the country such as Ohio StateMichiganNotre DameOregon, and UCLA, among others.

His ability to stay on the field in all down-and-distance situations is something that stands out to the Texas staff, Ingram said.

"They feel like I can go out (as a pass-catcher) if I need to and use me on screens and stuff like that," said Ingram, who caught 47 passes this past fall. "They said I'm versatile so they'd use me in different ways."

Prior to visiting Texas, Ingram made junior day visits to Texas A&M and TCU, which also have already offered him. Ingram was not able to attend Oklahoma's recent junior day event, but the Sooners could be one of the programs he visits before the end of the spring.

"Right now, I don't know. I'm still trying to decide and talk about it with my mom," Ingram said of his plans for the rest of the spring. "Hopefully Oklahoma, Arkansas, and a couple of other schools. I just don't know at the moment. I've got to figure out what my schedule is looking like."

Now with football and basketball seasons finished, Ingram immediately transitions to track. In fact, he squeezed in Thursday afternoon's interview in Carthage's fieldhouse right before leaving for a track meet with his teammates.

Ingram is taking his time for now in his recruitment as he allows himself and his family the opportunity to weigh the numerous quality options he's earned.

"It's been fun. I'm enjoying it," Ingram said of the process so far. "There are days it gets stressful, but it's fun."

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