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Two-sport standout likes USF

Hawthorne's Ingram possibly could start in football, basketball

PETE YOUNG
Published February 3, 2004

Hawthorne High football/basketball standout Cornelius Ingram made up his mind Saturday which college he will attend. Everyone else will learn Wednesday morning if it's South Florida, Florida or Florida State.

Ingram, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound quarterback/small forward, is scheduled to make an announcement at the Alachua County school between 11 and 11:30. If he chooses USF - and he indicated the Bulls have a good shot - he would be arguably the best football recruit in school history and a possible starter in both sports this fall.

Ingram was impressed by his visit to USF last week, and several USF coaches attended his basketball game Friday night at Gainesville P.K. Yonge.

"Tampa's a great city and USF has got pretty good coaches," Ingram said. "I enjoyed the whole thing - going to Raymond James Stadium, getting a good chance to meet with all the academic advisers. It was neat."

Ingram is rated the nation's No. 62 football player and No. 38 small forward by rivals.com. He thinks he fits in with the USF football and basketball teams.

"I know they're not doing too good right now (in basketball)," Ingram said. "I watched practice and talked to the coaches. I could help them out, for sure.

"(In football), the offense is pretty wide open. They do a lot of good things. With the athletes they have right now, they're just missing one piece of the puzzle, that's the triggerman. And they're moving into the Big East. You couldn't ask for any more than that."

FSU has commitments from two highly rated quarterbacks, Land O'Lakes' Drew Weatherford and Daytona Beach Seabreeze's Xavier Lee. Since Ingram said he has no intention of moving to another position, UF, which is about 25 minutes northwest of Hawthorne, and USF appear to be the favorites.

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