Ingram: "It Feels Like Home"

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Chris Ingram couldn't wait to take the field on Sunday at The Opening Charlotte at Mallard Creek High School.

The Mooresville (NC) standout cornerback has been working out, but this is the first chance he has had since last season to really test himself against premier competition.

"It's going to let me know where I'm at and what I need to work on," Chris Ingram told Pack Pride. "What are my strengths, my weaknesses?  I'm anxious and ready to get out there. It's going to let me know a lot and then build on the fall. I want to come out and compete and just show what I can do."

Unlike most of the players in attendance, Ingram already has made his college decision.  He committed to NC State last summer after camping with the Wolfpack.  He's been back up to Raleigh this spring and maintains his verbal commitment is strong.

"I was up at State twice in the spring, and I plan to get back up there soon," he said. "It's like home. I love it up there. I'm from up there, and it feels like home."

A big reason Ingram picked NC State was his relationship with cornerbacks coach George Barlow.  

"He's a cool person," said Ingram, laughing.  "He' s a real cool guy. He's down-to-earth... it's like talking to a regular person.  We have a good relationship."

Given his early commitment, has Ingram been talking to other prospects about joining him in Raleigh?

"Not right now... I haven't been able to reach out to people," he stated.  "Since football ended I've been to myself, but I plan on doing that this spring and summer."

While Ingram is committed to NC State, he maintains that other programs are still in pursuit.  

"Clemson, Georgia, Wake, and [North] Carolina are all still sending me mail and talking to me," he said.  "I think I'm going to take some visits. Most likely the two schools would be Clemson and Carolina.  I'm not really thinking about any of the other schools.

"They are recruiting me pretty hard, and I like the programs.  Carolina, I always grew up a Carolina fan, and then with Clemson, they caught my eye with what they did last year and how they've built their program."

Will he camp at both schools this summer?  

"I'm not real sure," Ingram said.  "If I do camp with one of them it will probably be Clemson."

Look for Ingram to finalize his decision this fall because he plans on being a mid-year enrollee.  

"I think it will give me a fast start," he said.  "Hopefully I'll be able to get in there and it will maybe get me a step ahead of the other freshmen. Then maybe I can be able to play when the season starts next year." 

Ingram is looking forward to suiting up for the Wolfpack.

"A lot of people, even to this day, ask my why did I commit so early?  Why NC State?  It's the best fit for me... I'm going with it."

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