The above video features highlights of 2018 four-star running back Keaontay Ingram.
Carthage (Texas) High School head coach Scott Surratt took time Wednesday afternoon to talk with Scout about four-star Keaontay Ingram, the No. 1 running back in Texas for 2018 and a recent Texas pledge. Ingram ranks No. 12 nationally at his position and No. 200 in the 2018 Scout 300.
Below is Scout's Q-and-A with Surratt:
What stands out about Keaontay's abilities as a running back?
His versatility. He's a three-down back, he's great in protection, great inside-the-box runner, great outside runner, and he's a phenomenal receiver out of the backfield. I think you'll see us split him out more this season as a wideout, too.
What are a couple of areas he needs to improve as he transitions to college?
Just continue working and get a little faster. He's been working so hard at it. He's got great explosion, so his top-end speed will get better and better because he works on it so hard.
He's 6-foot-1, 190 pounds right now. Will he be a 220-225-pound back in college?
I think he gets to 215 or 220 in a hiccup. He'll have muscle everywhere because he'll be in offseason after football year-round (Ingram currently plays basketball and runs track after football). It's gonna be awesome for him.
How is Keaontay as a teammate?
He's a great leader. He's the leader on the team. They all love him. He knows when to have fun, but he knows when to be serious. His teammates love him.
What is his personality like off the field?
He's a fun guy. He's loose, he's always messing around and in a good mood. I've never seen him in a bad mood since I've been around him in six years. He just has a phenomenal attitude.
What will Texas fans like about Keaontay Ingram?
His attitude and his smile. He's always smiling. He's the kind of kid that would be worth every bit of that scholarship and never play a down. Now, I think he's gonna play a lot of downs at Texas, but he's that type of kid. He's always smiling. He's the total package. They'll love everything about him, but they'll really love his attitude and his smile.
2016: As a junior, Ingram led Carthage High to a 13-2 season and the Texas Class 4A D-I state crown. He accounted for 2,741 yards from scrimmage and 34 total touchdowns. Ingram ran for 2,244 yards and 32 TD's on more than seven yards per carry, while catching 47 passes for 492 yards and two TD's.
2015: Ingram enjoyed a breakout sophomore season, where he gained 826 yards from scrimmage and scored nine total touchdowns as he helped Carthage to an 11-4 record and Texas Class 4A Division I state semifinal appearance. Ingram ran for 637 yards and seven TD's on 8.6 yards per carry, while catching 14 passes for 189 yards and two scores on 13.5 yards per reception.