HOUSTON — There’s a reason why Edward Ingram is the No. 12-rated offensive guard in the country.
Just ask his teammates.
Most notably, 2018 inside linebacker Tyler Jackson, who was forced to go toe to toe with the LSU offensive lineman commit on a near-daily basis in practice.
Ingram and Jackson had their fair share of duels on the gridiron. That means Jackson has taken his share of licks from the 6-foot-4, 325-pound mauler.
That’s nothing Jackson is forgetting about anytime soon.
“It’s like … I’m under a big, old rock,” Jackson told SEC Country, referring to taking a hit from Ingram. “It’s like a rock is on top of me.”
Ingram is one of the longest-tenured commits in the Tigers’ 2017 recruiting class, committing the night before the spring game in April and canceling a road trip to Alabama at the same time.
An early commitment allowed Ingram to shift his focus solely on to his senior season at DeSoto (Texas) High, culminating in the program’s first-ever state championship.
Consider Ingram a large piece of that championship puzzle.
“Ed puts in the work,” Jackson said of his 4-star teammate. “He does not stop working. It’s 24-7. He goes hard, and he teaches me that if I can get through him, then I can get through anyone.”
Ingram, a 2017 Under Armour All-American, was among the top run blockers in Orlando, Fla., last month.
His next stop: Baton Rouge. That’s where Ingram was last weekend, officially visiting LSU before signing on the dotted line come Feb. 1.
Ingram has shut down his recruitment and is locked in as a will-be Tiger.
So, what kind of player is offensive line coach Jeff Grimes getting exactly?
“He’s a serious guy,” Jackson said. “When I first moved here (to DeSoto High), I wasn’t used to Ed. He put some heat on me that I had to get used to, then step up the level of my game, quickly.
“Ed is talented. He has the talent to go far. He pushed me, and I know that if I can go up against him, a Division I top athlete, then I can go against anyone. He’s someone that when I practice against, I can get off him and push through. He’s taught me that I can do this and that.”
So, how often does the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Jackson get in the way of Ingram?
Well, it’s not a regular occurrence.
However, it has paid dividends in the linebacker’s game, drawing interest from programs such as TCU, Colorado, Colorado State, Michigan and LSU.
The latter is certainly a school on his radar.
“They usually talk to me, hit me up on Twitter to see how I’m doing in the classroom but also on the field in the offseason,” Jackson said. “Because Ed will be there, I wouldn’t mind going to LSU. He brings the character and the friendliness. He’s a big, tough, mean guy on the field, but on the outside, he cares.”
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