February 26, 2011

Black Knights sizing up Jacob Ingle

Offensive guard Jacob Ingle has been on the Army radar for some time now, but they will have to take a number for the explosive 6-foot-3, 280 pound lineman.

The prospect out of Burlington (NC) Walter Williams High School has already begun some of his unofficial visit, as was a guest of the Wolfpack of North Carolina State as they hosted ACC basketball rival, North Carolina.

Along with those two, Ingle shared that there are others who are show strong interest in his talents.

"I'm hearing from Duke, Georgia Tech, Nebraska has been sending me stuff that past couple of months, Army, Wake Forest, East Carolina and Vanderbilt," he shared.

Plays offensive guard and played a little bit of nose guard.

And although he is starting to make his 2011 tour, Ingle already has experience the game day at West Point when made an unofficial visit to the Northeast. "I visited Army this past season when they played Air Force (11/6)," says Ingle, who came away very impressed with what Army has to offer on the field and in the class room.

"I toured the facilities. It was my first visit there and it was an awesome campus. I've seen a lot of outstanding campuses, but that is one of the best, especially because of the location and where it's at.

I saw the meeting rooms and the weight room is one of the largest that I have seen and I saw the indoor field as well."

With such schools as West Point, (Army), Duke, Vanderbilt and several others that have solid academic reputations, how important is that factor relative to Ingle's recruiting?

"I want to go to a school that will open doors for me and not just play football," he says, as he elaborates on a recent recruiting experience that has opened his eyes.

"I want to make sure that the school has the major that I'm looking at. What are the chances of me getting a job from that university? Last weekend at Carolina, I learned that some schools they limit to what major you can select. So now I have to research which schools will allow me to take the major I want."

When asked to describe his style of play of the offensive side of the ball, Ingle took a few moments to reflect and shared accordingly.

"If I were to tell a coach what my strengths are … well the pass blocking came natural to me," he said. "But when it comes to run blocking, this past season I learned to get better leverage, timing my punch better, driving guys off the ball is what I do best."

Such a style makes for Ingle's talents to be an ideal match for what Army Head Coach Rich Ellerson looks for in his offensive linemen.

"Watching the Air Force - I never seen a college team run an offense like that. Even when it was 3rd and long, they still ran the ball. I really like their scheme where they kept running."

So what is Ingle's level of interest in the Black Knights? "I'm gong to be interview this month where I will be starting my admissions process at West Point," he says with a degree of excitement.

But for Ingle, the recruiting process is still in its genesis stage and he already taken in a couple of junior days, has others circled on his calendar and will be attending several camps this summer.

"This year I will definitely be attending State (NC) and Carolina," says Ingle, of his interest in making the summer football camp circuit. "I will try to get down to Wake Forest, Vanderbilt if possible and depending on when it is, I would love to get to Army if I can get up there and I will probably try to attend Georgia Tech."

"I have attended Dukes' junior day, North Carolina and NC State's junior day, invited to Wake Forest's Junior Day and I'm invited to Georgia Tech's junior day in March."

GoBlackKnights.com will continue to follow Ingle's recruiting throughout his senior football season.


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