Barry Sanders Jr. says Mark Ingram Jr. is NFL draft bound

From our “take this secondhand information with a grain of salt but it’s interesting anyway” department: The running back son of one former NFL player may have revealed that the running back son of another former NFL player will enter the 2011 NFL draft. quotes Barry Sanders Jr., a junior in high school who’s being recruited by Alabama, as saying that Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban told him that Alabama’s starting running back, Mark Ingram Jr., is leaving school early for the NFL.

“He just said ‘We 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.”

Ingram, who won the 2009 Heisman Trophy, has first-round talent. It makes sense that he’d be ready to move on to the next level.

But as our friends at College Football Talk note, Saban is a control freak who won’t be thrilled with Sanders making this information public prior to the official announcement. Then again, if Sanders plays for Alabama and makes plays like this and this, Saban can probably forgive him for having a big mouth.