MSU Legacy Recruit Hears From State

Mark Ingram is a familiar name to Michigan State fans. As a wide receiver for the Green and White, Ingram was a star in East Lansing before moving on to a long NFL career. Michigan State is recruiting Mark Ingram for a second time now, this time hoping to land the son of the Spartans former star receiver. Are the Spartans in the lead for this legacy recruit?

Despite growing up hundreds of miles from East Lansing, Mich., it's easy to understand why Mark Ingram, a talented three-star back from Flint-Southwestern Academy would be looking at Michigan State.

Son of former Spartan receiver Mark Ingram Sr., Ingram has become a top Michigan State recruit in the class of 2008.

"I'm hearing from Michigan State, Iowa, Wisconsin and Indiana the most," Ingram told GSN. "I talk to those coaches regularly, almost on a daily basis. I don't want to say they're my top schools, but they're recruiting me the hardest."

Along with offers from each of those schools, interest in Ingram has been on the rise across the country. Perennial power Tennessee, and Washington from the PAC-10, have also seen enough in Ingram to warrent a scholarship offer. As a result, Ingram has kept the process wide open for the time being.

"I've been to Michigan State and Ohio State. I went to those camps," Ingram said. "The plan was to go down to Florida for one of their Friday Night Lights events and then we wanted to try and get down to Washington once too. They're both kind of far away from home so I need to try and fit them into my schedule."

When it comes to the Spartans, the Green and White have used three different coaches in an attempt to lure Ingram to East Lansing. Head coach Mark Dantonio, running backs coach Dan Enos and secondary coach Harlon Barnett have all been involved in the process.

"I have a closer relationship with them than the other schools. It's only like 40 minutes away while Wisconsin is like six or seven hours. It's harder for the other schools to get that kind of relationship that I have with Michigan State because I haven't really got a chance to see them yet," Ingram continued.

"I've been to tons of games in East Lansing. I've been up to State several, several times. I have friends that go there. I have friends on the football team there. I'm real close with the coaches and I know the campus real well. I just want to take all my official visits to make sure that I'm making the right decision."

Further more, with Mark Ingram Sr.'s connection to the program, it's easy to see why Ingram might be looking towards the Spartans.

"He doesn't pressure me. He just tells me to do what's best for me. I know he'd love to see me as a Spartan, but he's not pressuring me to go there.

"He brings up stories from when he played there sometimes. He tells me it's good to be a Spartan. He tells me that they treat you good up there. I just need to get my five official visits set up because I know I want to take those before I make any decision. I'm hoping to have them out of the way by the middle of the season."

GSN will continue to provide the latest with this MSU legacy recruit.

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