Colorado corner gets Husky offer

It has become painfully obvious the Washington Husky secondary needs an infusion of talent in 2006. Two recent JUCO cornerbacks have committed to head coach Tyrone Willingham and staff, but they continue to search for that ever-elusive corner who can come out of high school and be a playmaker in the very near future. Enter Boulder, Colo. cornerback Jamathan Ingram-Lyle, a silky-smooth defensive back who just received an offer from Washington.

"Washington offered me just the other week," Ingram-Lyle told "I'm pretty excited about it. Coach (Bob) Simmons has been talking to me for a while. He started talking to me back at the end of July and we talk on a pretty regular basis."

Simmons isn't the only coach from the Washington staff who's made the rounds talking to Ingram-Lyle and his mother. "Coach Willingham and I have spoken a few times," Ingram-Lyle said. "I really like him a lot. I know he's a good coach. My mom really likes him a lot too. You have to go through her and she really likes him.

"We just talk about what they think of me as a player. How they think I can help them on defense and what they are trying to accomplish up there and what they bring to the table.

"I know what Washington's record is, but that doesn't matter that much to me at this point. Willingham hasn't had a chance to really get his players in there and they're doing the best they can. I like and respect coach Willingham and I know Washington will bounce back."

Ingram-Lyle said his main focus in recruiting is to find a school that has some playing time available for him, for academic support and for a "degree that means something so I can survive outside of football if I have to."

For the season Boulder's team is only 2-7, but don't blame Ingram-Lyle. He has been nicked up the past two weeks with a tweaked hamstring, but still has managed two interceptions and some very big plays on offense.

"A few weeks ago I had a great game," Ingram-Lyle said noting he doesn't see a lot of plays to his side on defense. "I had 280 yards on offense (rushing and receiving) and seven tackles on defense.

"So far on the season I have a 49-yard touchdown catch, 75-yard touchdown run and a 55-yard interception return for a touchdown. I hardly see any balls come my way on defense. I take is as a compliment, but I'd like to have chances to make plays on the ball."

Even though his team isn't doing very well Ingram-Lyle is garnering interest from several schools. Oregon, Wisconsin and Washington State and all have offered along with Washington and he said he has a timeline for a decision.

"Well, I've already taken my official visit to Oregon and I enjoyed myself a lot," Ingram-Lyle said. "I go up to Washington State this weekend (11/4) and then I am heading up to Washington on December 9th and Wisconsin the following weekend (12/16).

"I plan to come home and make my decision on December 24th."

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