Coaching Changes Don't Affect Ingram

Mark Ingram, the 5-foot-10, 202-pound three-star running back from Southwestern Academy in Flint, Mich., is not affected by Wisconsin's firings.

With the recent firing of defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz, the hiring of offensive line coach Bob Palcic by UCLA and about a month of away from LOI Wednesday, Badger fans have come to wonder what will happen to the recruits being touted by the cardinal and red.

According to the people close to the situation, both Hankwitz and Palcic had been assigned to a small number of recruits, a number so small that it will not affect the 22-member recruiting class the Badgers already have verbally committed.

The main casualty that could affect the Badgers is four-star running back Mark Ingram out of Flint (Mich.) Southwestern Academy, who has narrowed his decision to play for either Alabama, Iowa, Michigan State and Wisconsin.

Ingram, who's father Mark Ingram Sr. was a standout NFL player, will be travelling to Alabama this weekend before making his college decision.

"My trip to Alabama next weekend (Jan, 11) will probably be my last official trip," Ingram said in an interview with "I'll be going alone because it costs a lot for parents to fly. My dad's familiar with Nick Saban and I've spoken over the phone with him a couple of times but I've never been to Alabama before."

Ingram said he heard about Hankwitz's firing from Internet reports Monday night and was ‘unfortunate that happened to him.'

However, Ingram said that the decision to fire Hankwitz does not mean he won't come to Wisconsin, as running back coach John Settle and him have developed a good relationship.

"Wisconsin said they need a gamebreaker and that I could be their guy," he said. "Coach Settle is a coach I like a lot. He's got a good personality and he's played in the NFL. We've developed a very good relationship."

Settle apparently called Ingram Monday night to talk about the running back's future and to set up future home visits, including one with head coach Bret Bielema.

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