Edward Ingram left Texas Thursday with plans to visit both LSU and Alabama, but his gut had another plan.
The nation’s No. 8 offensive guard had a sense he could wind up committing, and it was correct.
Ingram arrived in Baton Rouge, La., on Thursday and took in the Tigers’ final spring practice session before the annual spring game. On Friday, right before he and his family were preparing to hit the road again and head toward Alabama’s campus, the four-star prospect made a decision, one that changed the fate of the weekend.
“I just had this feeling … like it’s about to go down,” Ingram told SEC Country on Friday night after making his pledge. “I feel very blessed and excited.”
Before hitting the road for Tuscaloosa, Ala., Ingram’s mother and father stopped the elite offensive lineman and asked to consider staying at LSU.
They had taken in practice, but there were other parts of the university that they felt would resonate with their son.
They were right.
“This morning, me and the fam talked it over and decided (to stay),” Ingram said. “They wanted to see more of the campus … It’s amazing — the people and the campus.”
That decision paid off.
Ingram’s mother was not yet told on LSU — at least before Friday.
LSU coach Les Miles and offensive line coach Jeff Grimes helped change her mind, and by the day’s end she was on board.
That made Ingram’s decision to commit even easier.
“It’s been mostly (the coaches) talking to my mom to get her on board,” Engram said of the past two days. “She was very hesitant until she saw it herself, experienced the academics and met the people.”
Those people, including Miles and Grimes, provided a unique environment for the Engrams that made it easy to stay through the weekend.
It’s that more much impressive considering that Engram’s future position coach had only communicated with the offensive guard via Twitter, but that relationship flourished — and quickly — early on Thursday.
“It’s the family feeling that you feel as soon as you walk in the door,” Engram said. “Me and Coach Grimes have been building a relationship over Twitter that allowed me and him to get closer. No other university did that, (even) though they tried.”
Grimes also appealed to Engram about his future on the field.
The 6-foot-4, 325-pound Texan is going to be groomed as LSU’s as the Tigers’ future left tackle, a position he could wind up competing for as early as his freshman season.
Ingram has a gut feeling about that as well.
“I’m very aggressive on the field and I’m fast on my feet,” Ingram said. “They said they see me playing left guard my freshman year.”