Ingram still has Huskies high on his list

It's no secret that the Washington Huskies are looking for talented playmakers to put alongside freshman phenom Jake Locker in their quest to move back to the top of the Pac 10 rankings. One player the Dawgs are making a push on is Flint (Mi.) Southwestern Academy RB Mark Ingram and he's got a list of six schools he's looking at and the Huskies are right at the top of the list.

"Oh Washington is right up there at the top," Ingram said. "I've sorta narrowed things down to six schools, but I can only take five visits so obviously one of them won't get one.

"I'm looking real hard and Washington and me and my dad are planning to go out there on an official visit so they will get one."

And the other schools Ingram is looking at?

"Iowa, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Florida and Tennessee," Ingram said, rattling off a who's who of top programs. "They all have offered me and they all said they like me at running back."

Through four games, Ingram has rushed for 565 yards and 16 touchdowns

"We've got a big game against Hill this weekend so I'm hoping to have a big game," Ingram said. "It's been a fun year so far and I just want to keep it going."

This past weekend he attended Michigan State's game against Pittsburgh and was only able to catch the second half of the Washington game against Ohio State.

"When we were driving back home I heard that Washington was up 7-3 at half time and I was like 'dang they're playing tough', but when I got home they had just given up the long touchdown and then they had that turnover and that seemed like it changed the whole momentum for them.

"They look like they've been playing really well though. They beat a top 25 team in Boise State and they crushed Syracuse so they have a chance to be pretty good and I like the offense they're running. I think I could be successful in that offense -- especially with that quarterback."

It's become obvious this year that you can never have too many running backs. Take USC for example. They had 10 high school All-Americans in their backfield and many wondered how they would find the carries to keep each one happy. Well three weeks into the season they're down to just five healthy ones on their roster.

Washington as well could be down to three running backs this weekend -- sophomore RB J.R. Hasty and true freshman Brandon Johnson are both nursing injuries -- after starting the season with six.

"Depth charts aren't that big of a deal to me," Ingram said. "It's all about the coaching staff and the feel around the program for me. If I think that I can be a big part of helping a team be successful then that's huge, but it isn't the only thing because I think I can play with anyone and be successful at any of the schools that I have to choose from."

Last week Husky running backs coach Trent Miles made a call to Ingram and the two have really started to form a bond.

"He's a good coach and he's also really cool to talk to," Ingram said. "They're calling me every week and letting me know they want me to come out there and see the school for myself and that they need more playmakers like me in their system."

We'll have more from Ingram in the next couple weeks as he begins to set up his official visits.

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