FRISCO, Texas — Come to Arkansas and you’re sure to get plenty of carries. That’s the message getting through to highly touted running back recruits about the Razorbacks.
Keaontay Ingram of Carthage (Texas) High School has the Hogs in contention mostly for that reason. Ingram is a 4-star recruit and No. 16 running back in the 2018 class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
“If you want the rock, [Arkansas] is where you go,” Ingram told SEC Country on Sunday at the Dallas-area The Opening regional camp. “I have interest in them, for sure.”
Ingram, 5-foot-11, 190 pounds, plans to take his time with the recruitment process. He says things are wide open, with none of his 19 offers from Power 5 conference schools standing above the rest.
“It’s been awesome,” Ingram said. “When you’re a little kid, you didn’t think it was going to be this hard. It’s still a blessing. Not everybody gets this opportunity. I’m really thankful.”
Arkansas has competition
In addition to Arkansas, programs making offers to Ingram include Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Oklahoma. All of the Power 5 schools in his home state — Baylor, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech — are on that list.
“Regardless of where I go, I’m going to get a good education,” Ingram said. “So I’m looking at the people, the coaching staff, and which school I feel like best fits me and the way that I play.”
Arkansas has recent success recruiting Texas running backs. The ones the Hogs signed lived up to their hype.
Dallas native Rawleigh Williams III signed in the 2015 class and was the regular-season SEC rushing champion as a sophomore last season. Devwah Whaley arrived last season as an Under Armour All-American from Beaumont and showed flashes of his immense talent while rushing for 602 yards. Before them, Allen High School star Jonathan Williams signed in the 2012 class and rushed for more than 900 yards as a sophomore and junior.
Ingram emerged last season among the top backs in the Lone Star State. He rushed for 2,225 yards and had 34 overall touchdowns, leading Carthage to the Class 4A Division I state title.
“When you play football at Carthage, the standards are high,” Ingram said. “You don’t want just a district championship and going undefeated. You want all that and then a state championship.”