Ingram Has UNC in Top 3

Although ECU-bound Norman Whitley was the offensive MVP and UNC bound Tavares Brown was the defensive MVP for Rockingham (N.C.) Richmond Senior, it was junior Melvin Ingram who was the backbone of last year's 13-1 team.

"I have a big role," said Ingram. "Mostly I play linebacker and wide receiver, but if my quarterback goes down I go in. I also returned punts and long snap, also."

From his linebacker position, Ingram recorded 107 tackles (69 solo), two interceptions, two pass breakups, a forced fumble, four fumble recoveries, four sacks, and six quarterback hurries. On offense he caught eight passes for 125 yards and four touchdowns. Ingram returned 23 punts for 239 yards and four kicks for 70 yards.

At the next level, plenty of schools are interested in seeing Ingram play a big role for their program, but play less positions – most likely linebacker or safety. N.C. State, Penn State, and Georgia have all expressed strong interest in Ingram, while North Carolina appears on the verge of extending Ingram his first scholarship offer.

"The Tar Heels have talked about offering," said Ingram. "They really want me to come visit them on campus. I was supposed to come to their spring game, but something came up."

Ingram, who hasn't made any unofficial visits, realizes he might have to hit the camping circuit to land offers, but hasn't begun to map out his summer schedule. However, he has decided to single out three schools as his current favorites.

"I really like the Tar Heels, N.C. State and Georgia," said Ingram. "They all make me feel wanted."

At the Shrine Bowl Combine held in Fayetteville this past weekend, Ingram posted some attention grabbing numbers. After measuring in at 6-foot ½ and 217 pounds, he recorded a 4.59-second 40-yard dash, 4.43-second 20-yard shuttle, 35.8-inch vertical jump, and 16 repetitions of 185 pounds.

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