"He was real surprised and said he expects big things out of us once we come down there."
Ingram, a 5-foot-11 185-pound safety from Atlanta (Ga.) McNair, says Searcy didn't influence his decision to commit. Rather, it was more of a group decision.
"We've been up there twice, me and Searcy," said Ingram. "Me and him are homeboys, we've been together for a long time. The first camp we went to [at UNC], we did well. We talked to Coach Thigpen, [and] Coach Sanders. We were like, we like this school – we love it, we might commit if they offer."
Searcy was offered following UNC's June camp, but Ingram had a little more to prove. So, the Peach State duo headed to Chapel Hill this past weekend to learn more about the program and hopefully earn Ingram an offer.
Following the last practice session of the camp – the only one Ingram and Searcy participated in – Ingram was extended an offer.
Ingram, who also held tenders from Tennessee and Virginia, choose North Carolina based off of the strong feelings he felt while on campus.
"I love the school, I love the atmosphere, I love the coaches," said Ingram.
The only other camp Ingram attended this summer was Virginia's.
During his junior season at McNair, Ingram played running back, safety, and linebacker. He accumulated 77 tackles [54 solo], including 11 for a loss and five sacks.