January 9, 2008

Alabama LB/RB looking forward to visiting Army

With the dead period coming to end - things are ready to kick into high gear for the final month of recruiting before Signing Day. There will be approximately 9-11 prospects visiting on January 11th and it's no secret Army Coach Stan Brock and his staff will be looking to add some defensive help as recruiting heads down the stretch. Of those visiting, there are a few key defensive recruits that factor into the Black Knights' overall recruiting success. Meaning, they could make this already "good" recruiting class, "very good". Outside linebacker prospect Frank Beltre & defensive end candidate, Derrick Bisgard would be two that come to mind.

However, there is a new name that has surfaced and appears that he may be a lock to become a Black Knight before the weekend is over. He attends Marbury High School, which is located in Marbury, Alabama - a small town about 20 miles north of Montgomery. This 3A school is a middle ground Alabama high school relative to size, which extends all the way up to the 6A football level.

Regardless of size, Marbury continues to have their share of success on the field, as well as producing Division I prospects. Current Alabama TE, Travis McCall & DT, Brian Motley, along with current Marbury recruits, such as OL, Josh Tatum who is headed to Ole Miss are tied to Marbury football program.

Another of the current players out of Marbury is running back/linebacker, Chris Ingram who has caught the attention of the Black Knights' staff and vice versa. The 6-foot-3, 223 pound prospect, who has been clocked at 4.58 in the forty could easily be deemed as a true "diamond in the rough." Ingram is a three year starter at running back and in his years at Marbury, they have been very multiple in their offensive attack. They have been spread option and then some veer, but he has excelled in both offenses.

As a junior in the spread Chris was the single back and moved to slot receiver as they would go to the five wide. He had over 800 yards receiving and 746 rushing.

Last season, Chris played running back in their veer style attack, where he rushed for 987 yards, while his counterpart went for 1,879 yards. Chris also was the only player Marbury had that started on both sides of the ball. He played middle linebacker and recorded 96 solo tackles and 43 assist. Needless to say he was a large contributor in our 10-2 season, where this iron-horse played every snap of the season with the exception of 7.

However, one of the reasons that Army is high on Ingram is the fact that he could potentially play running back or linebacker. Either way, that battle will be between running back coach Tucker Waugh and linebacker coach Robert Lyle, with the ultimate decision coming down to Coach Brock and what would be best for the team overall, should of course Ingram commit to Army.
In addition to these solid numbers, Chris is a model person and student. "I can say without hesitation that he the best person that I have ever coached and to add, I think his GPA is about 3.86," shares Coach & AD Kyle Glover.

And what is Ingram's level of interest in the Black Knights? "I'm gaining more and more interest every day," shares Ingram.

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