Ingram commits to Longhorns
By Hayden Henry
Feb. 10, 2018 at 11:01 a.m.
Throughout the process, Keaontay Ingram remained focused on the moments.
The first was in December when, instead of signing during the early signing period, he helped guide Carthage to an undefeated season and back-to-back state titles.
Another moment was Wednesday morning, when the longtime University of Texas commit signed alongside seven teammates and 11 total Carthage student-athletes.
"It meant a lot to me," Ingram said following a ceremony at the Carthage ISD Performing Arts Center. "I wanted to sign with my brothers, the guys I grew up with and share this special moment with them."
Not signing in December may have kept Longhorn fans on edge when it came down to where Ingram, who held opportunities from prestigious programs from across the nation, would sign.
It was, however, Hook 'Em from the start for Ingram.
"I heard from several schools late in the process from all over but it was Texas," Ingram said. "They kept it real with me the entire way.
"I understand the situation with what we're going through and how we're going to get to where we need to be.
"I feel like everyone there is on the same page and focused on making that happen."
With the process officially over, Ingram will now focus on his next moment: Joining the Longhorns and hitting the ground running to do whatever he can to help out.
"The next step is to become a better me," Ingram said. "I want to be a running back but go out and run routes like a wide receiver and block every time I have to.
"I want to run the ball like Adrian Peterson and have the patience of Le'Veon Bell. I want to be all of that and be the best me I can be."
Ingram's awards this year include Padilla Poll Offensive Player of the Year, 1st Team Offense Padilla Poll, 2nd Team Offense AP All State-Running Back, 1st Team All East Texas-Running Back, All Smoaky Team Most Valuable Player, 1st Team All Smoaky-Running Back, and District 9-4A MVP.