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Nebraska recruiting more JUCO tackle options
It’s no secret Nebraska is looking to address the tackle position in the 2019 recruiting class.
To have players ready to play upon their arrival in Lincoln, the program has targeted several junior college options in lieu of high school recruits (while still keeping a close eye and recruiting prep prospects at the position).
Among those prospects include Lackawanna (Pa.) Community College’s Anthony Whigan and Kadeem Telfort of Garden City (Kan.) Community College. However, there may be another name to add to that list soon.
Last Friday, Nebraska hosted Butler (El Dorado, Kan.) Community College tackle Zach Ingram for an unofficial visit.
“It was pretty dope,” Ingram told Land of 10 after spending the bulk of that afternoon on campus and at the team’s facilities. “It was my first one.”
Although Ingram didn’t have anything to compare the experience to, he still rated the brief visit an 8 on a scale of 1-10.
Just being courted on a college campus was something Ingram appreciated. He wasn’t sure he’d ever become a Division I recruit.
“It was an unreal experience,” Ingram said. “I don’t know, I just never thought I’d be able to be on that kind of level. Just being able to live out my dream, it’s kind of cool.”
Ingram’s primary recruiters are offensive line coach Greg Austin and running backs coach Ryan Held, who leads the Huskers’ junior college recruiting efforts.
“I really liked them,” Ingram said.
The staff laid out a plan that placed Ingram at right tackle. He played there last season at Butler, but it was a bit of a transition year, he said. Ingram switched from defensive tackle after mostly playing defense in high school. He has worked hard with his coaches, who are giving him the best shot of playing Division I ball.
Ingram doesn’t hold any offers yet, but he has several schools talking to him.
“It was nothing serious, though,” Ingram said. “Nebraska is the only school that’s kept in contact with me.”
For now, Ingram is content with the Huskers being patient and not offering. He’s flattered enough that they are even showing interest.
“They got to look over some things,” Ingram said. “Once they said they were done looking over some things they said they would [offer].”
Those “things” would be Ingram’s academics. The staff wants to make sure he’s on track to graduate in December. That way, Ingram can participate in offseason workouts and spring ball, giving him every chance to contribute in 2019.
As for what’s next between he and the Huskers, Ingram said he hopes to keep up the constant communication with the staff.
Nebraska making early investment with Zach Ingram
At 6-foot-7 and 275 pounds, Ingram’s size translates well to what Scott Frost and his staff will rely on at the position. The fact that nobody has offered Ingram yet is somewhat surprising; perhaps there are significant question marks surrounding his academics, which might dissuade teams. Still, that shouldn’t be too big of a deal.
Nebraska isn’t afraid of recruiting players with uncertain grades. Once it is confident the player will be eligible, an offer and ramping up of the recruitment usually follow. With Ingram, this is something that may take more time.
However, it is telling the Huskers were willing to bring him in for a visit. There’s mutual interest here. And if Ingram’s recruitment does take off, he will remember Nebraska as the first school to take him seriously.
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