Mark Ingram, a 5-10, 180 pound RB from Flint Southwestern Academy in Flint, Michigan is hearing from plenty of schools, and has begun to narrow his schools, currently trimming his list to six.
"The ones I hear form most at Iowa and Wisconsin," he said. "They're the ones I communicate with the most, on a daily basis."
Ingram had planned to attend Iowa's open practice on August 18th, but travel delays caused him to miss the event. He plans to visit a game or two this fall, likely as unofficial visits.
He has been on campus visits to only two schools, Michigan State and Ohio State. When he's on campus, there are very specific things he's looking for.
"First of all, I'm looking at the overall academic program, then the family atmosphere of the football team," he said. "How the players get along with the coaches, how players get along with everything around the city. Wherever I feel more comfortable at, that's where I'll make my decision."
Ingram's father played for Michigan State, and there was a rumor in late July that he may have committed to the Spartans, something Ingram denied when asked.
"I've been to Michigan State a lot. I communicate with their coaches a lot, but ever since text messaging was banned, I haven't heard from them much," he said. "I like Michigan State, it's only 45 minutes from home. I have a good relationship with the coaches."
Ohio State invited Ingram to camp, but have since backed off.
"I went to camp at Ohio State, they were talking about possibly putting an offer on the table, but I haven't heard from them in a couple weeks," he said. "I don't know what's going on with that."
Ingram plans to take his five official visits before making a decision, but he has some input from a couple Hawkeyes from the state of Michigan.
"I know (Anthony) Bowman and Cedric Everson," he said. "I ran track with them, we're all pretty good friends. I talked to Cedric at the State track, but I haven't talked much since they left. I talk to Bowman a little bit on Facebook and stuff."
Cedric has been urging Ingram to join him in Iowa City for a while now.
"I talked to Cedric he said, 'Yeah man, come to Iowa,'" Ingram said of Everson. "He likes it a lot up there. He's trying to push me to lean towards there. When I was talking to him, I didn't have an offer and I wasn't leaning there, but now that I have an offer and they're one of my top schools. The more that I hear from them, the better."
Note:This interview was conducted prior to Anthony Bowman's indefinite suspension from the Iowa football team.