Texas 4-Star Running Back Pledge Keaontay Ingram Talks Longhorns

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Longhorns four-star running back pledge Keaontay Ingram remains solid to Texas, but other schools still want him.

Carthage (Texas) 2018 four-star running back Keaontay Ingram helped his team to a 2-1 pool-play performance in Thursday's Division II action at the Adidas Texas 7-on-7 Championships in College Station.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Ingram committed May 30 to the Texas Longhorns, who still appear to be on solid ground with the No. 1 running back in the Lone Star State. Since committing, Ingram said he's enjoyed a bit of a respite when it comes to the recruiting attention he's earned.

"It's slowed down tremendously," said Ingram, Scout's No. 111 overall prospect in the 2018 class. "You don't have everybody on a coaching staff texting you every day. It's a relief for me and my family as well, so I'm enjoying it right now."

Essentially the entire offensive staff recruits Ingram for Texas: running backs coach Stan Drayton, head coach Tom Herman, offensive coordinator Tim Beck, and offensive line coach Derek Warehime, "and a couple other coaches as well," Ingram said.

"They love me," Ingram said when asked what the Texas staff tells him. "The same old same old. We're still good. Not only that, but we're building a relationship as well. I'm loving it right now."


How is Ingram's relationship with Herman?

"It's awesome. Every time we talk we have a good conversation," Ingram said. "Coach Tom Herman is the real deal. I feel like he cares about his players, and he's about family as well. Life after football. To have somebody like that, a mentor like that, that means a lot to me."

Ingram said he plans to major in business "because I'm gonna make some big bucks," he said with a laugh.

Despite his commitment and the slowed-down pace of his recruitment in the past few weeks, Ingram said there are still other programs staying in regular contact with him.

"LSUA&MUSCOhio StateOklahoma State, and a couple more," said Ingram, who pinpointed LSU and Texas A&M as the programs other than Texas that continue to recruit him the hardest.

Ingram said head coach Ed Orgeron, running backs coach Tommie Robinson, and offensive coordinator Matt Canada have all been in recent, regular contact with him. For Texas A&M, he said receivers coach Aaron Moorehead and running backs coach Clarence McKinney are his main recruiters, with periodic contact from head coach Kevin Sumlin.

"As of right now, I don't have anything planned," Ingram said of any potential visits.

Ingram is primed for a huge senior season this fall.

In 2016, he ran for 2,244 yards and 32 touchdowns, while accumulating eye-opening receiving stats: 47 catches, 492 yards, and two TD's. Ingram's more than 2,700 yards from scrimmage helped Carthage go 13-2 and win the Texas Class 4A Division I state championship, the Bulldogs' fifth state crown in nine seasons.

What has Ingram focused to improve this offseason as he prepares for his senior campaign?

"Speed, as usual. I'm fixing to hit the weights even more and bulk up a little bit," Ingram said. "Agility as well, catching out of the backfield, and running with my pad level down."

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