CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Considering his connections to North Carolina, it came somewhat as a surprise when Chris Ingram verbally committed to NC State, the Tar Heels’ archrival, back in September.
Ingram, a 6-foot, 175-pound cornerback, was born in Salisbury, N.C. But, he spent three years of his life in Chapel Hill before moving to Mooresville. There he has played his prep career on Mooresville High’s roster.
In addition to the three-year stint in Chapel Hill, Ingram’s mother works for UNC Hospitals and is a Tar Heel fan. Furthermore, Ingram himself grew up rooting for UNC.
“I’m not searching for anything new,” Ingram said. “But if something new comes, it comes. I’m committed to State, but I’ll probably end up making a visit or two [to other schools] later on down the road – like after the fall.”
Said visits will likely come in the form of officials. And Ingram says Clemson and UNC are the destinations of those visits.
“I just want to see what they both have to offer,” Ingram said. “I’m not going to get tied up in it when the season is going on. If anything changes, it changes. But, as of right now, I really don’t see much changing.”
As a preview, Ingram is considering camping at Clemson and UNC, in addition to NC State.
Those three aforementioned schools, plus Duke and East Carolina, have offered Ingram. However, since pledging to the Wolfpack, his contact with UNC has been mostly limited to generic mailings. He plans to revive the communication by reaching out to Tray Scott, who recruits Iredell County for the Tar Heels.
Ingram ended his junior season with 26 tackles, an interception, and 10 pass breakups.
“I think I held back a little bit,” Ingram said. “I could have done more – I should have done more. I should have put a little bit more in to it.
“But, this year is going to be different. There’s going to be a lot of change.”
Ingram, who will be a four-year starter for Mooresville, compiled 73 tackles, three interceptions, and 15 pass breakups during his first two high school seasons.