Oregon Offers Carthage’s Keaontay Ingram
Big 12 Conference schools are very interested in landing Keaontay Ingram, eight of 10 have offered thus far, but one of the other trends emerging in his recruitment process is a budding field of West Coast programs.
The left coast threw another offer the Carthage running back's way Monday. Oregon joined Pac-12 foes Colorado and UCLA in what is now a 22-program battle for Ingram (6-0, 198).
The Ducks program is in its first major transition period just one season removed from its most successful 10-year period in school history.
Willie Taggart has been tasked with succeeding Chip Kelly and successor Mark Helfrich in Eugene, Ore. Both of the former coaches led Oregon to one national championship game appearance apiece before things unraveled on Helfrich this past campaign.
The 2016 Ducks went 4-8. Helfrich was fired at the end of the season.
Taggart joins the program after a successful four-year stint at South Florida. His first team in Tampa, Fla., went 2-8 and his last squad achieved a 10-2 regular season record and went on to win the Birmingham Bowl as he got situated at Oregon.
The Ducks have one Heisman Trophy, won by quarterback Marcus Mariota in 2014, and have produced eight consensus All-Americans.
Ingram closed the 2016 East Texas football season with the Offensive MVP award in Carthage’s 31-17 win against Abilene Wylie for the Class 4A Division I state championship. He scored on the ground twice in the title match, including the tying touchdown that brought the Dawgs back from a 14-0 deficit.
Ingram eclipsed 2,200 rushing yards in 15 games, scored 31 times on the ground and caught 46 passes for a little more than 400 yards.
Like all college football prospects currently in their junior year of high school, Ingram will become eligible to sign with any school 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 — offers from Bowling Green, Iowa State, Syracuse, ULL, Virginia (5)
- Xavier Benson, Pleasant Grove, LB, 6-0, 200 — offer from ULL (1)
- Dekalen Goodson, John Tyler, DE/OLB, 6-0, 215 — offer from Mississippi State (1)
- Trae Hall, Henderson, QB/ATH, 6-3, 185 -- offer from ULL (1)
- Chasen Hines, Marshall, C, 6-3, 340 — offers from Baylor, Louisiana Tech, LSU, Minnesota, North Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech (11)
- Tevailance Hunt, Texas High, WR, 6-2, 180 — offer from Louisiana Tech (1)
- Keaontay Ingram, Carthage, RB, 6-0, 198 — offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA, UTSA (21)
- Malik Jackson, Lufkin, WR, 5-8, 165 — offer from Arkansas State (1)
- DeMarvion Overshown, Arp, ATH, 6-4, 196 — offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Clemson, Colorado, Florida State, Georgia, Kansas, LSU, Missouri, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, SMU, South Carolina, Southern Miss, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC, UTSA (24)
- Tyree Wilson, West Rusk, LB, 6-5, 225 — offer from ULL (1)