Ingersoll Leaves Chapel Hill Impressed

Early last week, Mike Ingersoll was extended a special invitation to unofficially visit North Carolina for the Maryland game where he would receive his official UNC scholarship offer. Ingersoll made the trip leaving with his offer and a better prospective of the program.

"It went well," said Ingersoll. "We were taken to meet Coach [John] Bunting in his office. He talked to me for a while and presented me with my offer.

"We got some food and then did the whole game visit deal: we went down to the sidelines, watched the pre-game warm-ups, and watched the game. At halftime they took me into the offices where I met with the professor who was the head of the business department at Chapel Hill. I watched the second half and then they took me into the locker room and I talked to Coach Brock and talked to Coach [Hal] Hunter."

Ingersoll, a 6-foot-4 260-pound tight end/lineman from Matthews (N.C.) Butler, has previously unofficially visited Chapel Hill for a summer camp and other games this season. However, he dove deeper into the Tar Heels' program Saturday and walked away even more impressed.

"I feel really good about the program," said Ingersoll. "I think Coach Bunting has it going in the right direction. I was impressed, as I've always been, with the facilities, the team itself, the way recruiting has gone for them, and overall have a positive feel for the program."

Prior to the visit, Ingersoll was completely open to a handful of schools – Virginia, UNC, Vanderbilt, Appalachian State, Akron, and East Carolina. While Ingersoll left Chapel Hill impressed, he still maintains that stance until he takes his official visits.

"To tell you the truth, I'm still exactly where I'm at," said Ingersoll. "I've been narrowing them down here and there for sometime now. I'm still weighing all my options. Carolina definitely impressed me this week and now that I have a solid offer that helps out the decision making process, but as of right now I'm still open.

"Truly and honestly, I'm waiting on official visits to make my final decision, because I really feel like I need to get a feel for the campus and what campus life would be like. I'm only playing 11 games a year, so the rest of the year I got to feel like I'm at home on campus."

Akron, East Carolina, and Vanderbilt have already begun official visit discussions with Ingersoll, but no dates have been scheduled.

Ingersoll's main focus right now is on his senior football season, where he leads Butler into the second round of the playoffs Friday against Charlotte Independence, the owner of the nation's longest active winning streak (88 games) and the team Butler lost to two weeks ago by a score of 41-31.

"A huge rematch," said Ingersoll. "We have the feeling that we know we definitely can beat them. Independence is definitely a beatable team, and whoever plays the most mistake free football will beat Independence. So far that hasn't been anybody. We feel like we got the best chance out of anyone to end the streak and stay alive in the state playoffs."

Last week, Butler easily defeated West Forsyth 41-8 in the first round of the NCHSAA 4AA playoffs. Ingersoll picked off a pass that setup an eventual touchdown, and caught one pass for three yards. On the year he has 13 catches for 153 yards, a touchdown, and a two-point conversion.

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