USC Felt Like Home For Ingram

Richmond (Rockingham, NC) standout linebacker Melvin Ingram made an official visit to South Carolina over the weekend, and after an enjoyable trip to Columbia, the hard-hitting linebacker prospect decided to pull the trigger and commit to the Gamecocks. Ingram chose USC over offers from North Carolina, NC State, and East Carolina.

Ingram, who measures in at a solid 6'2 and 225 pounds, talked about his visit to South Carolina.

"It went great," said Ingram. "We watched the high school games, went to a basketball game, and had a lot of meetings about academics. I talked with several of the coaches, and we basically talked about football and academics."

Ingram entered into the visit claiming no favorites, but according to him, USC just felt like home when he was on campus.

"I committed to South Carolina this weekend, because I feel like that's the place for me. From my visit, I feel that's the place for me."

One of the main factors that stood out to Ingram on his visit was the close-knit, family atmosphere on the South Carolina football team.

"The connection that the players have and the connection that the players have with the coaches is great. Everything was great."

Another important factor in Ingram's decision to commit was the possibility for early playing time at USC.

"They said that I could come in and play right away at middle linebacker."

When asked to rate his trip to Columbia on a scale from one to ten, Ingram gave his visit a perfect score.

"It was a ‘10'."

Ingram will now turn his attention to the Shrine Bowl, which he will be participating in later this month. Ingram, who many believe will have his stock skyrocket at the Shrine Bowl, said he is looking forward to having fun at the all-star event, which features the best high school players from North and South Carolina.

"I'm looking forward to having fun and competing at the Shrine Bowl."

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