There was a lot of speculation that SMU commit Jordan Ingram was going to flip and decide to go to TCU on signing day. Instead, the speedy two-star wide receiver from Dallas Carter has decided to remain solid on his commitment to the Mustangs.
"There are a lot of rumors surrounding my decision, but I'm going to stay solid with my commitment to SMU," he said. "I feel like I will be a bigger asset to SMU's program because TCU is such a big program and has so many other commits of my caliber."
Ingram made an official visit to Forth Worth a couple weeks ago and the Horned Frogs reportedly offered him as a cornerback. But the 5-foot-11, 175-pounder decided he had a brighter future on the Hilltop.
And he gets to play his natural position-- wide receiver. Last season, Ingram caught 36 passes for 803 yards and 14 touchdowns for Dallas Carter.
"SMU has a great alumni base. It's very strong," Ingram said. "They have great education opportunities. Everywhere you go you meet people who graduated from SMU that are doctors and lawyers.
"If I don't get a chance to go to the NFL or play at the next level, I will at least have an education and degree from a great institution, plus the backing of successful people. It's not just football, it's also about my future."
The SMU coaching staff had been struggling recently with the losses of multiple commits, coaches and players. The Mustangs lost three-star quarterback Tyler Harris to UCF and lost assistant coaches Hal Mumme and Timmy Chang.
Meanwhile, TCU has successfully convinced commits from Texas, Boise State, and Texas Tech to change their decision this month and added a solid recruiter in Sonny Cumbie. According to Ingram, however, SMU coaches Eric Daniels, Jason Phillips and even June Jones remained in constant contact with him and built a very strong relationship.
"They do a great job keeping in contact," Ingram said. "Sometimes, I'm surprised by how much they are interested in me, but I guess that's what to expect from a school such as SMU. Since day one when I met the whole coaching staff, they have been really persistent in keeping in contact with me and checking on my family. That's a great coaching staff, including Coach Daniels, Coach Phillips, and Coach Jones. They call a lot."
Ingram was also attracted to the offensive system SMU runs. He wanted to play at a school that passes the ball a lot and lets their receivers make plays big plays.
"I have watched and been to SMU games. They run a spread style offense and always go vertical," he said. "It's a real passing school, so I feel like I bring speed and another weapon going downfield. I also bring my elusiveness to SMU because it's very hard to catch me."
Ingram also held offers from Iowa State, Texas State, ULM, UNT and Utah State. He ran a 4.33 forty-yard dash at SMU's summer camp and joins Shelby Walker as the second receiver in the class of 2014 who runs in the 4.3's.
"Everybody in the conference knows about my speed, that's my number one strength," Ingram explained. "In the open field, it's very hard to tackle me. I will make one move and then I'm gone."
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