ELMORE – Any hope that college football coaches could possibly snag Dylan Ingram away from the diamond went down the drain today.
Ingram, the Edgewood Academy senior, who’s having a record-setting season at quarterback, inked a letter of intent for baseball with Mississippi State to the dismay of those football recruiters who figured they still had a shot at signing him.
“I was just looking at the best offer that was on the table,” Ingram said. “When I took my official visit to Mississippi State, that’s where I felt the most comfortable out of any of the schools that I had been (during recruiting). It felt like home to me over there.”
Ingram had thrown for 45 touchdowns – an AISA record – to generate some considerable interest from football programs at Jacksonville State and Samford among others. JSU even offered the slugger an opportunity to play both sports.
Those attempts fell on deaf ears.
“Every since I was growing up, baseball was the sport I really wanted to play in college,” said Ingram, who’ll play first base for the Bulldogs. “After the seasons I had during the spring and the summer, I felt like that’s what I wanted to do. It’s the sport that I really, really love.”
Ingram, a Montgomery native, batted .541 and drove in 69 runs with six home runs in the spring. Ingram’s impressive RBI output during his junior season was the second most in the country, according to Edgewood coach Bobby Carr.
Last season, he earned Player of the Year honors by the Advertiser and the AISA in helping the Wildcats claim their fourth consecutive state championship crown. It his two-run, walk-off homer at Paterson Field in the bottom of the seventh that sparked the sweep of rival Autauga Academy in the title game.
“I am just happy to see all that hard work pay off,” said Carr, who has coached him since a freshman. “I would get here before school and I’d hear someone in the cage taking swings and it was Dylan and someone else. It really takes a special person to accomplish what he’s done.”
The 18-year-old infielder became the third straight player from the small Elmore County private school to sign with an SEC program in the last two years. Pitchers Mitch Greer and Cole Lipscomb signed with Alabama and Auburn, respectively in 2011.