A little good news out in front of tomorrow's spring game, as one of the week's surprise visitors, four-star offensive line prospect Edward Ingram, pulled the trigger to become the fifth member of LSU's recruiting class of 2017.
As previously mentioned by C-Dub, Ingram stopped by at LSU's practice yesterday en route to Alabama's spring game, which is also tomorrow. The TIde had been considered the leader for Ingram's services.
Remains to be seen if Ingram will still follow through with that visit to Tuscaloosa, but as the No. 8 guard in the country, you can bet that LSU will have to fight to hold on to this pledge. But another huge pickup for LSU offensive line coach Jeff Grimes.
Here's a look at Ingram's highlights -- I'll leave the evaluation to one of our recruitniks to add later. Stay tuned!
The first thing that stands out to me is that Ingram already looks like a college lineman. He's listed at 6'4", 325 and that looks pretty accurate just eyeballing him. He's got that tree trunk type of frame without looking pudgy and soft. He plays guard in HS and that's likely where he projects the next level. His tape reminds me a bit of Trai Turner, who had a very similar frame coming out of HS. Turner would maul people in HS and parlayed that into a very good college and now pro career. He always featured a very strong punch and I see that same violent use of hands in Ingram. When he comes with the fists, they are devastating body blows.
I'm intrigued by his movement skills. DeSoto uses him a lot to pull as a lead blocker and to to trap on inside runs. For a 325 man, he's pretty mobile. He should fit naturally into what LSU is trying to do up front. Even in pass protection, he shows pretty solid footwork. His slide steps can be a bit wide, but that's a technique tweak that should be easily addressed. This should be an uphill battle to hold onto Ingram, though we've recruited DeSoto well in the recent past with Jalen Mills and 2016 signee WR Dee Anderson. Wherever he eventually signs, Ingram has the potential to be an immediate contributor.