The state of Alabama's underclassmen group is already making SEC rounds with several scholarship offers in hand, and New Market (Ala.) Buckhorn two-way standout Will Ignont is among the best of the bunch.
On Wednesday, he made the trip to Tuscaloosa for a closer look at Nick Saban's spring practice atmosphere with the specific desire to see defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Kirby Smart in action coaching friend and fellow north Alabamian Reggie Ragland.
"The visit was great, I really enjoyed it," Ignont said. "Practice was great. Really hoping for a big year out of my boy Reggie and Reuben (Foster) as well. Reuben and Reggie are both very physical. Reggie seems to know the defense very well but they both play fast.
"Reuben was with the first group (defense, at inside linebacker)."
Before practice, the rising-junior sat in on both the defensive team meeting as well as the linebackers meeting, headed by Smart.
"It was a lot to take in," he said with a laugh. "I didn't know much of what they were talking about, but it was exciting sitting in a room with those guys that I look up to and try to model my game after.
"Smart was great, real cool guy. You can tell he really cares about his players and making them better. He said he likes my athleticism and how well I move."
Ignont capped his most recent Alabama trip in Saban's office.
"That was great," he said. "Coach said he was really fired up about me and he was telling me I had a chance to play football there and they really want me."
Despite not being in any rush to make a decision, Ignont did admit that his time in Tuscaloosa helped the Crimson Tide's chances of eventually landing his commitment.
"(Alabama is) Definitely one of my favorites so far," he said.