ORLANDO, Fla. — Edward Ingram is one of LSU’s more quiet commits, and his recruitment has followed accordingly.
Ingram, a 4-star offensive lineman from DeSoto (Texas) High, put an end to his recruitment in December as other schools tried to pry him away from the Tigers.
In the midst of the Texas high school state playoff march, the LSU commit opted to shut things down and let all those other schools know that his next stop was in Baton Rouge.
“There were college coaches coming to my practices and trying to get official visits,” Ingram told SEC Country at the Under Armour All-America Game.
Those coaches, most notably Colorado, were attempting to flip the 6-foot-4, 325-pound guard.
DeSoto High has three Colorado commitments on the roster and aimed to make it four, trying to sway Ingram away from LSU in the midst of the coaching change and potential staff turnover.
“I didn’t want to explain it to them anymore,” Ingram said. “They thought that I wanted to go there, but I don’t … I was never close to going away from LSU. I’ve always been solid.”
Ingram, rated as the No. 11 offensive guard in the 2017 class, committed to LSU over Alabama in April on the eve of the Tigers’ spring game.
Part of the reason: his family.
Ingram’s mother and father were high on LSU, and that family aspect has resonated with the standout lineman ever since.
“LSU is a family environment,” he explained. “All of the coaches there, they’re cool guys and I enjoy spending time with them.”
The other part of Ingram’s solid pledge to the Tigers is the chance to thrive up front.
DeSoto nabbed a state championship thanks to a dominant rushing attack, an offensive style that is already in place at LSU. It’s no wonder why Ingram hasn’t entertained any other options.
“LSU likes to run the ball, so I think that I’ll be a great asset to their game because I’m explosive off the field and I get the job done,” he said.
Offensive line coach Jeff Grimes has spearheaded Ingram’s recruitment throughout and made a stop in the Lone Star State to check in on his prized guard commitment last month.
LSU’s line will have a different look in 2017. Will Clapp will shift to center in place of senior Ethan Pocic, who is bound to play on Sundays. The same goes for right guard Josh Boutte, leaving a handful of open spots for Ingram to compete for in fall camp.
“Basically, if I keep doing what I’m doing and keep getting better, I’ll have a good chance to start for LSU,” Ingram said.
LSU offer to Damone Clark carries weight
LSU made a splash on Tuesday with an offer to 2018 Louisiana linebacker Damone Clark.
Clark, a 3-star prospect from Southern University (La.) Lab of Baton Rouge, reeled in his seventh offer, but his biggest to date from the in-state Tigers.
The 6-foot-3, 208-pounder is the No. 7-rated inside linebacker in next year’s recruiting cycle, but plays multiple positions for the two-time defending Division IV state champions. Clark lines up primarily as a linebacker, both inside and outside, and spends a good amount of time at safety as well.
Clark is apparently high on the offer, too.
One source told SEC Country he is already talking about LSU “as if he was a part of the family.”
That bodes well for the Tigers’ chances, obviously.
Clark received the offer from LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, and it may be a sign of things to come for the Tigers’ 2018 class.
If LSU cannot flip Clark’s teammate, 4-star Alabama commit Christopher Allen, or Oklahoma commit Jacob Phillips, it will be counting on landing Willie Gay, Ellis Brooks or Tyler Taylor leading up to National Signing Day.
As it stands today, the Tigers hold a commitment from only one linebacker: 4-star Livonia (La.) standout Patrick Queen.
The LSU staff is hoping to add two more linebackers to its 2017 haul, in addition to a stand-up edge-rusher like K’Lavon Chaisson, Markaviest Bryant or Nick Smith. While the odds of that happening are diminishing with each passing day, it could shape up a big class of linebackers in 2018.
Clark is the most recent linebacker to reel in an offer from LSU. He joins blue-chip targets such as 5-star Teradja Mitchell, an LSU lean, and 3-star Alabama linebacker Jacquez Jones. Additionally, Michigan commit Otis Reese camped in Baton Rouge last July and his teammate, Tory Carter, is committed to the Tigers.
LSU could wind up taking four-plus linebackers in 2018, depending on what transpires over the final three weeks of this recruiting cycle. The emphasis would be on edge-rushers, as well as padding depth inside and outside.
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