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Monday, January 16, 2006

Fleet wideout commits to Kansas

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Desperately needing a wide receiver after the departures of Mark Simmons and Charles Gordon, Kansas University's football team received a little help Sunday.

Tertavian Ingram, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound speedster from Tampa, Fla., committed to the Jayhawks over the weekend, according to Jon Kirby of rivals.com. He's the 23rd known commitment to KU and just the second wide receiver.

"Once I took my visit there, I knew Kansas was a place I like a lot," Ingram told rivals. "I got along real well with coach Tim Beck, who will be my receivers coach. I got along with him better than any coach from another school."

Ingram had given a commitment to Purdue already, but alerted Boilermaker coaches about his change of heart. He also had offers from South Florida, UNLV and Big East champion West Virginia.

Though Ingram attends Jefferson High in Tampa, his father lives in Topeka, another positive that swayed him.

"That way I have family living close by, which is nice," Ingram told rivals. "I just liked Kansas more on my visit. That's where my heart is."

Ingram joins Dallas standout Xavier Rambo as KU's two known wide-receiver commits thus far. Scholarships are running out, but KU is targeting at least one more - Michael Crabtree, a 6-1, 190-pound athlete being courted by several Big 12 and Big Ten conference schools.

Oral commitments are nonbinding, and players aren't bound to a school until signing their letters of intent. For this class, signing day is on Feb. 1.

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