Early Wednesday afternoon, USC offered Scout 300 four-star running back Keaontay Ingram from Carthage (Texas) High School, which he helped this past fall to a 13-2 record and the Texas Class 4A Division I state championship, Carthage's fifth in nine seasons.
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Ingram holds almost 30 offers from across the country. Florida State offered Ingram on Tuesday. He also owns offers from Arkansas, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, TCU, Texas A&M, and UCLA, among others.
"I like USC," Ingram said. "It's a great program. I do have interest in them."
Ingram said new running backs coach Deland McCullough has made a good impression on him.
"I feel like coach McCullough brings some fire," Ingram said, "and not only that, but I have read articles that said even the players that are there now feel like it as well."
Scout ranks Ingram as the No. 1 running back in Texas for 2018. He's No. 200 overall in the 2018 Scout 300, as well as No. 13 nationally at the running back position.
As a junior this past fall, Ingram ran for 2,244 yards and 32 touchdowns on 7.9 yards per carry. He also proved an outstanding pass-catcher with 47 receptions with 492 yards and two TD's.
Ingram already visited TCU, Texas, and Texas A&M earlier this semester, but track has prevented him from making any additional visits in the past several weeks. He wants to visit schools both in and out of his home region.
Is USC somewhere he would consider visiting this offseason?
"Yes, sir," Ingram said. "I have an uncle who stays in California (San Diego)."
Once track comes to an end, expect Ingram to hit more of the schools he wants to see. Stick with Scout as we continue to monitor Ingram's development and recruitment.
- Keaontay Ingram is a well-rounded, long-framed back who can stay on the field all three downs. He's a unique combination of high frame potential with good close-quarters evasiveness. Ingram is a high-volume, high-production back with great cutback instincts and big-play ability. He's also an outstanding pass-catcher out of the backfield who can line up as a true receiver if needed. Ingram will be one of the top 2018 running back prospects in Texas. - Gabe Brooks
Below are two exclusive Scout game highlight reels of Ingram from the 2016 season: