Ingram at peace with his decision to return for senior season
It took a lot of soul searching. And then some more. But senior tight end Cornelius Ingram is in spring practice this week with the Gators and said he's at peace with his decision to come back.
Ingram spent an anguishing week last January trying to make the biggest decision of his life: whether to forego his senior year and jump to the NFL or return for one final season with the Gators.
In the end, he chose the Gators.
Ingram said the NFL projected he would be a second or third round pick, but he remained hesitant about leaving.
"It wasn't bad, second or third round,'' he said. "That was pretty much basically from two years, moving and changing to that position. I kind of felt good about the situation but at the same time there's a lot of guys in the past may have had pretty good grades coming back from that (petitioning the NFL) and ended up not getting drafted. You really can't go by that all the time, but the grade wasn't really bad. I just wanted to come back and improve as a player.''
Ingram said his two cell phones rang incessantly during the time he was trying to make his decision, and compared it to the way things were when he was being recruited out of Hawthorne High.
"That's why I wanted to make sure I made the right decision, finish school, and become the best player I could become.'' Ingram said. "I think I made the right decision and I'm happy with it.''
Ingram needs just five more classes, and will graduate in December