Georgia ATH Impresses at UNC's Camp

Accepting Tommy Thigpen's invitation, Kendrick Ings attended North Carolina's One-Day Camp last weekend and left a strong impression with the Tar Heel staff.

Thigpen, the UNC area recruiter, discovered Ings, a 5-foot-10, 170-pound athlete, during an evaluation trip to Lithonia (Ga.) Miller Grove. The two remain in regular contact.

Ings is Miller Grove's starting quarterback. Last fall he passed for 1,600 yards and nine touchdowns, and rushed for 500 yards and four scores earning all-county honors.

After moving from Florida last June, Ings transferred to Miller Grove. He started at both receiver and cornerback before moving to quarterback prior to the seventh game of the season. In just six games at cornerback, he had three interceptions and 23 tackles.

Throughout UNC's camp, Ings worked out exclusively at defensive back with Tar Heel secondary coach Everett Withers.

"He's a great coach," Ings said. "I like the way he coaches. He explains things very well."

Withers was impressed by Ings' performance during the camp.

"He was like ‘You have good footwork and quickness,'" Ings said. "I had one of the fastest times up there in the shuttle and the L-drill. He said I had great hands, soft hands like a receiver and that's good to have for a DB. He said I'm an all-around athlete."

During one-on-one passing drills, Ings lined up at not only cornerback, but also ran routes as a wide receiver.

On Saturday, Ings sat down with Butch Davis for a one-on-one conversation in his office.

"He just really wanted to get to know me," Ings said. "He was like ‘What is your interest level in UNC.' And we just had a little conversation."

Davis also touched on the possibility of a UNC scholarship offer.

"He was telling me that when I get back home to send all my information to him," Ings said. "He said an offer is there for me. It just has to go through the process right.

"He told me I'm a good athlete and wanted me to be on his team. He was like ‘You're a freak' – but in a good way, though."

Ings left UNC impressed with his experiences over the weekend.

"I liked [UNC]," Ings said. "I wouldn't mind going up there for four years. I like the college."

If Davis and company decide to extend Ings a scholarship offer, he says he "would take that offer."

"I was talking to my dad about it – he lives in South Carolina – and he said that's a good college," Ings said. "Me and my dad are going to talk about it more."

Ings has already received scholarship offers from East Carolina and Mississippi State.


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