Troy Ingle started growing his hair the summer before his sophomore year of high school. He doesn't plan on cutting it soon.
"That's a million-dollar question with a ten-cent answer," Ingle said when asked how long he'll grow his locks. "Probably forever."
Whoever lands the Florida native will not only upgrade its flow. The 6-foot-5, 280-pound American Heritage School lineman is a physical force on the offensive line.
That's what drew an offer Monday from Illinois offensive line coach Luke Butkus.
"He told me that he loved how I played and said that he loves how tough I play," Ingle told Illini Inquirer. "In terms of my reaction I was stoked. For a program like that to see something in me is extremely gratifying."
With the state of Illinois and Midwest shorter on power-five Class of 2018 offensive line prospects, Illinois is searching high and low to add more power to its offensive line. Ingle is just getting to know the Illini.
"Our relationship is pretty young," Ingle said. "We've only been talking for a month, but I think it's an extremely professional program and big-time in terms of the offers I already have."
Illinois is the first power-five program to offer Ingle, who also holds offers from Navy, Army, Princeton and nearby UCF.
Ingle recently visited UCF and came away impressed.
"I look for a program that has both the academics and the athletics that best fit me," Ingle said. "I'd say UCF is recruiting me the hardest especially after my visit last Saturday. (I like the) feel and the relationships I'm starting to build with (head coach Scott) Frost and (offensive line coach Greg) Austin."