Carthage running back Keaontay Ingram signed with the Longhorns on national signing day. (Mike Craven)

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Commitment 101: Keaontay Ingram, Carthage running back

Posted May 30th, 2017

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Story highlights
  • Four-star running back Keaontay Ingram is a threat as a receiver.
  • Carthage running back Keaontay Ingram led his team to a state championship as a junior.
  • Keaontay Ingram might be the lone running back Texas signs in 2018.

Texas’ 2018 class grew to nine members Tuesday when four-star running back Keaontay Ingram committed to the Longhorns over a host of national powers. The Carthage product was the only in-state running back in the 2018 cycle to garner an offer from Tom Herman’s program.

Let’s dig deeper into Ingram’s style of play, where he fits into the program and if Texas is done recruiting running backs for the 2018 class.

Skill set: The 6-1, 187-pound prospect is a member of the Fabulous 55. Ingram ranks as the No. 12 running back in the nation and the No. 226 overall prospect. He became a household name as a junior, leading Carthage to a Class 4A Division I state championship, rushing for 182 yards and two touchdowns in the title game against Abilene Wylie.

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Ingram isn’t just a running back. His ability to catch the ball out of the backfield sets him apart from most prep prospects. He rushed for 2,225 yards and scored 31 rushing touchdowns, but equally impressive were his 46 receptions for 475 yards and two touchdowns. He can run the ball inside the tackles, outside the tackles and catch in space.

Immediate impact: Texas’ running back picture is murky at best. The Orange-White game proved the lack of depth at the position after D’Onta Foreman’s early departure for the NFL. Texas ended up starting true freshman Toneil Carter in the spring game due to injuries. Texas hopes Carter isn’t the lead workhorse as a true freshman and the Longhorns will hope the same for Ingram. He’s talented enough to help provide depth as a true freshman, but he’ll still need a year or two inside of a college strength and conditioning program before he’s ready to carry the workload. Ingram touched the ball 366 times offensively for Carthage in 2016, so he’s no stranger to a high amount of carries.

Fitting into the program: Herman wants running backs who can run, catch and block. Ingram prides himself on versatility. Herman’s offense is built on players who are versatile. Ingram can be used in a variety of ways. Early in his career, Ingram’s ability as a receiver could allow him on the field for third downs and certain packages. As he grows and physical matures, expect Ingram’s role to increase. He and Carter could form a reliable duo at running back down the road for Texas.

Recruiting at the position: Texas can’t sign a 25-man class in 2018. There simply isn’t the scholarship room available for a full class. That means Texas must be selective with offers and commitments, especially since Herman took kicker Cameron Dicker in this class. The Longhorns hold nine commitments and the expectation is that Herman can sign upwards of 20 players. That leaves 11 spots remaining and it’s unlikely Texas will use one of those spots on another running back unless a special prospect with versatility is viewed as can’t-miss by the Texas staff.  The Longhorns signed Carter and Daniel Young in the 2017 class.

2018 Texas Longhorns signing class

Here's a look at the recruits who signed with Texas for the 2018 recruiting cycle. Star rankings from 247Sports composite.
PlayerPos. SchoolStars Status
Byron HobbsLBFt. Worth Eastern Hills3Signed
Casey ThompsonQBSouthmoore (Okla.)4Signed
Cameron Rising QBNewbury Park (Calif.)4Signed
Reese MooreOTSeminole 3Signed
Cameron DickerKLake Travis3Signed
Caden SternsSCibolo Steele4Signed
Keaontay IngramRBCarthage4Signed
DeMarvion OvershownSArp4Signed
Ayodele AdeoyeLBIMG Academy (Fla.)4Signed
B.J. FosterSAngleton 5Signed
Al'Vonte WoodardWRHouston Lamar4Signed
Jalen GreenCBHouston Heights4Signed
Brennan EaglesWRAlief Taylor4Signed
Anthony CookCBHouston Lamar4Signed
D'Shawn JamisonCBHouston Lamar4Signed
Malcolm EppsTESpring Dekaney4Signed
Junior AngilauOTSalt Lake East (Utah)4Signed
Mikey GrandyOTCollege of San Mateo (Calif.)3Signed
Ryan BujcevskiPProKick AustrailiaN/ASigned
Keondre CoburnDTSpring Westfield4Signed
Keaontay IngramRBCarthage4Signed
Daniel CarsonDEWilliam Chrisman (Mo.)3Signed
Michael WilliamsDEDunham School (La.)3Signed
Joshua MooreWRYoakum4Signed
Christian JonesOTCy Woods3Signed
Moro OjomoDTKaty3Signed
Joseph OssaiDEConroe Oak Ridge4Signed

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