Alabama Football Rumor: Mark Ingram To Declare Available for the NFL Draft

Jonathan FravelSenior Analyst IJanuary 6, 2011

NFL prospect, RB Mark Ingram
NFL prospect, RB Mark IngramKevin C. Cox/Getty Images

An unusual interview by a local Oklahoma news media outlet with high school student, Barry Sanders, Jr. revealed that Nick Saban indicated to him that Mark Ingram will declare himself available for the NFL draft in a press conference scheduled for Friday.

Barry Sanders, Jr. was quoted as saying: He (Saban) just said ‘We (Alabama) need running backs,’” Sanders said. “How Trent [Richardson] would be a senior if I were to go [to Alabama]. He told me Ingram’s leaving, he’s making it public probably Friday.”

This may turn out to be one of those "oh-sheet" moments. It's a bit unusual for a high school recruit to reveal news concerning a college player's NFL intentions.

Saban was visiting Heritage Hall High School in Oklahoma City for the purposes of recruiting the son of former Heisman Trophy winner and Oklahoma State alumnus, Barry Sanders. More will be posted as the story unfolds.

Here's the link to the interview with Barry Sanders, Jr.