Outstanding Florida QB receiving much attention

The class of 2003 might be referred to as the year of the quarterback. The number of quality signal-callers could be one of the largest in a long time. Cornelius Ingram, a two-sport star from Hawthorne (Fla.), will be considered one of the very best at his position.

According to head coach James Haynes Jr., Ingram has been offered Florida State along with Miami, Florida, Central Florida, South Florida, FAMU, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Missouri, Iowa, Michigan, Oklahoma, Syracuse, Arkansas, Penn State, Pittsburgh, and many more.

"He's been practically offered by every team in the country," Haynes said. "I know every top 25 team has offered. He's averaging over 25 letters a week."

Ingram, who is also considered one of the best basketball players in the country, is as good a person as he is an athlete.

"He's a good kid," Haynes said. "He comes from a family with good morals and ethics. His mother is a minister and Cornelius is very close to her, along with his father.

What does the head coach think about his star player?

"He reminds me of another Michael Vick," Haynes said. "He can feel the pressure coming from the blind side. Once he senses it, he's gone down the field. Being 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds with a head of steam, not too many defensive backs want to take him on."

Marcus Edwards, an all-state first-team wide receiver from Mayo (Fla.) told The Insiders.com what it's like to play against Ingram.

"Watching Cornelius scramble around is a thing of beauty," Edwards said. "Playing against him is a scary thing."

The praise doesn't stop there. Chipley (Fla.) head coach Grant Grantham has never seen a better athlete with Ingram's size and arm.

"He is so athletic," Grantham said. "It looks like he can throw the ball 70 yards in the air."

Haynes thinks the Florida schools have the best chances of recruiting him.

"Cornelius is a homebody," he said. "I would think Florida, Florida State, and Miami would have a good shot with him."

As a junior, the all-state quarterback passed for over 1,500 yards and 12 touchdowns behind an offensive line that averaged 190 pounds. He also rushed for over 400 yards.

--Dave Peters

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