Oklahoma Next to Offer Carthage’s Keaontay Ingram
More than half the Big 12 Conference wants Carthage junior running back Keaontay Ingram to join their program.
Oklahoma became the sixth league member to offer Ingram (6-0, 198), he announced via Twitter on Monday night.
Ingram, who has eight total Division I FBS offers, has additional opportunities from Baylor, Kansas, Oklahoma State, TCU, and Texas Tech in the Big 12, along with options from Arkansas and Missouri of the SEC.
Oklahoma also offered Marshall 2018 offensive lineman Chasen Hines on Monday.
Ingram set the school’s record for rushing yards by a junior last season by running for 2,225 yards and 31 touchdowns in 15 games. His 180-yard, two-touchdown performance propelled Carthage to a 31-17 win over Abilene Wylie in the 4A Division I title game, in which he was named Offensive MVP.
The talented runner was also instrumental in the passing game for Carthage. Ingram finished the year third on the team in receptions and yards with 46 catches for 475 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
The Sooners, who once acquired cornerstone athlete Adrian Peterson from Palestine High School, have not been a much of a factor in the local recruiting scene for several years. Rivals Texas and Oklahoma State — both of which have offered Hines as well — recruited local prospects at a ratio of 7:1 as the three schools worked to build their 2017 recruiting classes.
Former Texas High offensive lineman John Michael McGee was the most recent regional player to sign with Oklahoma. That happened in 2012.
On the field, the Sooners have been the class of the Big 12 Conference in recent seasons. They have won four league championships since 2010 and also have finished four seasons as top 10 teams.
The 2016 Oklahoma team rallied from early-season losses against Houston and Ohio State for an undefeated Big 12 season and a Sugar Bowl win against Auburn.
Quarterback Baker Mayfield will return for his senior season this fall with aspirations of the Heisman Trophy and a second College Football Playoffs appearance in his collegiate career.
Ingram, like all college football prospects currently in their junior year of high school, will become eligible to sign with any program that offers him in February of 2018.
2018 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers
- Tre Allison, John Tyler, OLB, 6-0, 200 — committed to SMU; additional offer from Mississippi State (2)
- Chance Amie, Tyler Lee, QB, 6-3, 190 — offer from Bowling Green (1)
- Dekalen Goodson, John Tyler, DE/OLB, 6-0, 215 — offer from Mississippi State (1)
- Chasen Hines, Marshall, C, 6-3, 340 — offers from Baylor, Louisiana Tech, Minnesota, North Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, TCU (8)
- Keaontay Ingram, Carthage, RB, 6-0, 198 — offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, TCU (8)
- DeMarvion Overshown, Arp, ATH, 6-4, 196 —offers from Kansas, SMU, Southern Miss, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, UTSA (7)