January 13, 2008

First Class Visit LB, Ingram commits to Army

Chris Ingram was one of several recruits who made their way to the West Point campus this weekend and someone that we predicted was a lock once the weekend was over. Needless to say, the linebacker from Alabama made his commitment to play for the Black Knights.

However, the beginning of Ingram's visit to Army didn't go according to plan and cause some levels of anxiety on the part of Ingram and his parents. "We had a two hour delay and sat on the runway in Atlanta because of fog in New Jersey," shares the newest Black Knight. "I wasn't sure if they (Army staff) knew we were delayed, so I was worried about not making the connection."

As the story fast forwards, Ingram made it safely and didn't miss any of the scheduled events for Friday. With the rest of the recruits, he spent that evening at the Palisades Mall and ate at Dave & Busters. Each of the recruits had a chance to introduce themselves, have dinner, chat with the coaches, and hang with their host, along with other prospects.

On Saturday, it is a full day of activities, but a day that really allows for the recruits and family to see West Point and Army football up-close and personal. "We had breakfast at the Thayer Hotel and then took a tour of the campus and then sat in on the academic briefing," shares Ingram. "Then we went to see the field and the facilities, which are really nice - they are everything you could imagine. We ate lunch overlooking the field and the Superintendent was there and a couple of Majors."

After lunch, the recruits broke off and went with their respective position coach. Although Ingram could play running back, it appears clear where the coaching staff may like to see him start off his Black Knight career. "My position coach (linebacker) was Coach Lyle and we sat down and talked, as well as watched some highlight videos," declares the 6-foot-3, 212 (who was weighed during his visit).

Ingram was hosted by Black Knights' starting quarterback, Carson Williams. "That evening I got my bags and stayed in the dorm area with Carson and the other players," says Ingram.

"We all went to the Firstie's Club and I was the first to meet with Coach Brock …and the first to commit - he was surprised and happy at the same time," shares a laughing Ingram. "Major Lynch (Director of Football Operations) announced as I came out from meeting with Coach Brock, I was a Black Knight and everyone clapped (& cheered) and all the players came over to congratulate me…. It feels really good."

"Let the Army fans know that I'm honored to have the opportunity to go to West Point."

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