Rudolph “Blaze” Ingram could quite be the youngest person to ever land a college football offer. The 11-year-old speedster was recently offered a scholarship by Florida A&M.
The news has taken college football fans by surprise, and many are posting their responses online. The middle schooler has now gone viral on social media.
A future member of the 2029 recruiting class, “Blaze” has already made headlines for his speed and quickness. Hence, the name. As a seven-year-old, the Tampa native broke the ESPN record for the fastest 100-meter dash in his age group.
He ran those 100 meters in 13.48 seconds, blowing his competition out of the water. That quickly landed him the moniker of “fastest kid on the planet.”
Fast forward four years, and he’s making headlines once again.
Earlier this week, “Blaze” Ingram posted a video of his conversation with the FAMU director of recruiting on his Twitter page.
“I’ve been talking with your dad, and I’ve been following you for a couple of years and you still have a long way to go. But you have a good support staff, and you are a worker.
“So, what I’m going to do is offer you at FAMU… You have a long way to go; keep taking care of those grades and keep working the way you’re working, and we’ll get you up to the spring game.”
After A Great Talk With @Coach2Bless Proud To Announce I’ve Received My First offer From @FAMUAthletics And Will Be Attending The Spring Game 🐍🐍 #FAMU #offer pic.twitter.com/WMUEVD19hi
— 🔥 Blaze 🔥 (@Blaze_813) March 7, 2023
Fans were quick to comment on the offer. Here’s what they were saying online.
One person commented, “I thought this was a joke but it’s real.” Someone else wrote, “Congrats to this kid but this is not good for kids and starts a viscous cycle.”
Blaze’s Twitter account is filled with game highlights, and Ingram recently took part in an Under Armour camp where he showed out for coaches.
The dude can absolutely fly.
Love What You Do 🏾🌊 #speed #athlete #Touchdown pic.twitter.com/yyiHka6Tcy
— 🔥 Blaze 🔥 (@Blaze_813) March 9, 2023
If the production continues and he chooses to stick with football, this might not be the last scholarship he receives. We’ll only have to wait six years to see if FAMU’s early offer pays off.