Updated Tue, Jul 23, 2013 8:43 pm
Ohio head coach Frank Solich has another name to add to his 2014 recruiting class. Derrick Ingram became Ohio Football’s 13th verbal commitment on Tuesday when he announced his decision via his personal Twitter account.
Ingram, a product of Jefferson High School in Tampa, Fla., is an athlete listed as a receiver by most recruiting services like Scout.com and Rivals.com. He is currently unranked by such services.
Ohio recruited Ingram, at 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, to play wide receiver, but he is also capable of playing in the defensive backfield.
As a junior at Jefferson, Ingram caught 28 passes for 499 yards and nine touchdowns. On three separate occasions he caught two touchdowns in a game. He also amassed 100 yards receiving twice.
According to John C. Cotey of the Tampa Bay Times, Ingram is friends with current Bobcats Greg Windham and Daz Patterson.
“I’m going to Ohio with something to prove. I feel like I’m underrated. I’m going to show all the schools that missed out exactly what they missed out on,” Ingram said to Cotey.
With offers from Bowling Green, Middle Tennessee State and UMass, Ingram currently considers Ohio as his best offer. He has made it known, however, that he is still waiting for an offer from his hometown university, the University of Southern Florida. Should USF extend an offer to Ingram, Rivals.com reported that he would "commit on the spot."
Ohio experienced a recruit retracting a verbal commit earlier this summer when center Kirk Barron switched is commitment to Purdue.
An athlete’s commitment does not become binding until they sign a National Letter of Intent, per NCAA rules. 2014 recruiting class members can begin signing on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. Until Ingram signs an NLI he is free to choose another university to attend.