Alcorn State handed out offers to two members of Carthage's 2016 Class 4A Division I state championship team on Tuesday.

Senior receivers Dewaylon Ingram and Dee Bowens each reported via Twitter that Alcorn State has made each of them recruiting targets.

It is the fifth Division I scholarship opportunity for Ingram (6-0, 160, who was previously offered by Arkansas State, Abilene Christian, Missouri State, and Texas Southern. Alcorn State is the first D-I offer for Bowens (5-5, 150).

Ingram and Bowens were the two leading receivers last season for Carthage. Ingram led the way with 61 catches for 977 yards and nine touchdowns. Bowens finished with 58 receptions for 857 yards and a team-best 11 TD's.

It was during Carthage's playoff run toward its fifth state championship where Ingram began to emerge. Ingram had the game-winning catch in the closing seconds of the Bulldogs' first-round win over Silsbee, and scored Carthage's first touchdown in its 31-17 title game victory over Abilene Wylie.

Alcorn State is a member of the SWAC and competes at the FCS level. The Braves are coached by Fred McNair, brother of the late NFL star and Alcorn State alumnus Steve McNair.

The Braves won the Black College national championship in 2014 and followed that up with a SWAC title in 2015. Alcorn State was 5-6 a season ago.

Ingram and Bowens, like all incoming seniors, will first become eligible to sign with any Division I program that offers them in December.

Carthage receiver Dee Bowens received an offer from Alcorn State on Tuesday. (© Rob Graham)