Ingram will wait for an opportunity

Last season, L.A. Pierce TE Nate Ingram (6-3, 245) was one of the top JUCO tight end prospects in country with his combination of size, speed and athleticism. However, because of some academic issues, he didn't see a lot of attention. Now that he's gotten his classes figured out, the talented tight end has decided to redshirt this year in the hopes of getting more looks from four-year schools...

"I've decided it's best for me to redshirt this year," Ingram told "I had an offer from Eastern Michigan and I visited there a couple of weeks ago.

"It was a nice visit, but I just didn't feel like I was a good fit there. I just wasn't sure. So I came home and decided it would be better for me to redshirt and get my classes all completed and then schools could get me in during December."

As a freshman in 2009, Ingram finished second on the team with 39 receptions for 398 yards and two touchdowns and this past fall, the talented tight end finished fourth on the team with 28 receptions for 310 yards and seven more scores.

He said he will finish up his two-year degree at a JC closer to his home in New Jersey and is open to every school that wants to recruit him.

"I've talked to the NCAA folks and my counselors at Pierce and they mapped out what I needed to do to get qualified," Ingram said. "I have to take an extra class or two because I'm going to be a third-year guy, so that's what I have to get done.

"I'm going to go to school, workout and then back to school and workout. My focus is on staying in shape and making sure I'm ready to go wherever I end up."

Ingram will have two years to play two whichever school he ends up signing with in December.

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