2017 DeSoto offensive guard and LSU commit Edward Ingram has been on a few DeSoto teams that fell just short of a state championship, but this team is undefeated and has been racking up big wins. Last week, the Eagles took down Duncanville, which has one of the best defenses in the state.
“It just means we’re making a statement that we want to win a state championship. We were preparing to play against one of the best defenses in our division. Just to dominate them.”
As a road grader, Ingram gets satisfaction out of a successful night on the ground.
“It’s good to know that we can rush for 256 yards on a team that only allowed 60 yards of rushing per game,” Ingram said. “I really do like dominating people and running over them.”
LSU offensive line coach Jeff Grimes has kept up with Ingram often even after the coaching change.
“Coach Grimes has just been hitting me up after every game saying how I’m liking their new win? I told him I like it. It was a blowout of Ole Miss like that, which is crazy.”
Watching LSU roll out three straight wins says a lot about the job the coaching staff is doing. Ingram likes the toughness this team has showed.
“Basically, them losing a head coach hasn’t stopped them from doing anything so they’re still going with the program and winning games,” Ingram said. “Seems like they’ve been more physical and trying to win the game while staying focused.”
Ingram liked Leonard Fournette’s return to LSU including his punishing run over Ole Miss defender Deontay Anderson.
“That was crazy because especially that hit on the sideline when he ran that dude over.”
Jeff Wigginton is DeSoto’s offensive coordinator and reminds Ingram a lot of Grimes, which is a big positive. The LSU staff is thankful for how solid his commitment is.
“They just call me to tell me thank you for staying committed. We just talk about random stuff with school and how practice is going,” Ingram said. “He’s a lot like my coach here. He’s cool and he has a family that likes to hang out with the players so I can go hang out at his house whenever I want to.”
Ingram didn’t flinch when Les Miles was fired by LSU, but instead, remained committed because of his love for the school.
“I think just the honor to be an LSU Tiger. There’s a lot of people that have played there and others that don’t get the opportunity to be an LSU Tiger.”
Ingram won’t make it for a game this season, which means his first game experience will be his freshman year. He’s expecting it to be special.
“I’m just expecting to see a lot of fans cheer on me. I know it’s going to be energetic when I get out there.”
In preparation of his freshman year at LSU, he continues to work hard on all the little things.
“My footwork, zone steps and getting to the next level. We did a lot of board work and blocking dummies and sleds down the field,” Ingram said.
DeSoto faces South Grand Prairie in two weeks on ESPN and while Ingram is excited to play on TV again, this DeSoto team has its eyes set on a state championship.
“It would be awesome to be the first class to win state. To leave all these All-Americans on our team,” Ingram said. “We’ve still got to run, do board work everyday and Okie drill to get better.”
Ingram wishes he could make the LSU-Alabama game, but he has to take the SAT. Instead, he plans to take his official visit after his senior season in January.
Tiger Blitz Take: A true road grader. Ingram isn’t going anywhere. He’s set on LSU for plenty more reasons outside of the coaching staff. LSU is getting a mammoth guard with long arms that can still add some muscle to him. With some nice depth inside, Ingram will have a chance to redshirt, but with his low pad level and commitment to working extra, he’ll continue to improve all the way through his career at LSU and be successful.