Making a visit to Auburn to check out football practice and also spend time with the coaching staff, four-star linebacker Will Ignont saw once again why Coach Gus Malzahn’s team has been at the top of his list for so long. Getting to sit down with new defensive coordinator Kevin Steele as well as linebacker Coach Travis Williams, Ignont said nothing has changed in his mind about the Tigers.
“They are still on top,” Ignont said. “Auburn is still my leader.
“The visit went very, very good,” he added.. “I really enjoyed myself. I really enjoyed getting the chance to spend a lot of time with Coach T-Will and Coach Steele. I really like both of them.”
Favoring Auburn since early in his recruitment thanks to his relationship with the coaching staff including Tim Horton, who recruits the Huntsville area for the Tigers, Ignont is still keeping in touch with Horton despite a change in his location. Transferring from Buckhorn, Ala., High School to powerhouse IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., Ignont is very familiar with many of the current players on Auburn’s roster including running backs Kerryon Johnson and Malik Miller from Madison Academy.
Those bonds are important in the recruiting process, but even more important for a linebacker like Ignont is the bond with his coaches. That is something that Auburn has in its favor at the moment with both Steele and Williams.
Moving to Auburn from LSU where was the defensive coordinator last season, Steele had been recruiting Ignont very hard for the Bengal Tigers. Ignont said that was a place he really considered because of his bond with Steele and now that he’s on the Plains that is very big for Auburn.
“There was a time LSU was in my top five solely because of Coach Steele,” Ignont said. “They were in my top group because I wanted to play for him. He’s a great coach and a great guy, and now he’s at Auburn. It’s just crazy how it all works out.”
Even though Williams is in his first spring as an on-the-field coach for the Tigers, he has been part of the staff as a defensive analyst the last two seasons. Because he’s been around the program, Williams wasn’t foreign to Ignont when he got the job as a full-time coach. Now that he’s gotten to know Williams and find out what he’s all about Ignont said he’s a believer in what the young coach is all about.
“He’s an energetic guy and he’s real hands-on,” Ignont said. “He not only can tell you how to do something, but he can show you.
“He’s going to get on that field and show you as if he has cleats on himself,” he added. “He’s going to coach you up and that’s the kind of coach I want to play for and the kind that I think can prepare me for the next level.”