Buckhorn, Ala.--A four-star linebacker and one of the top football players in Alabama for the 2017 class, Will Ignont was back on the Auburn campus last weekend for Big Cat and after spending the day with Coach Gus Malzahn and his staff the Tigers are again looking up in his recruiting race.
“After being at Big Cat I wouldn’t say anybody has a lead, but it really solidified Auburn a spot in my top three,” Ignont said. “They’re definitely going to be there until the end. They’re definitely going to be one of the hats sitting on that table if I wait until signing day, which I’m sure I won’t.
“We’re all (family) trying to figure out a day when I want to come out with something with either Alabama, Georgia or Auburn. We want to do that as soon as possible.”
Auburn has always been high on Ignont’s list since first getting an offer from the Tigers as a sophomore. Building a strong bond with Coach Tim Horton, who recruits the Huntsville area for Auburn, Ignont said that his most recent visit showed him again why he has always had good feelings about the program and school as a whole.
“I saw everything I needed to see,” Ignont said. “It was just an eye-opener. It was a chance, not to talk about football, but just to be around the coaching staff and their families. It was one of my best unofficial visits I’ve ever had.”
In a recruiting class featuring plenty of good linebackers, Will Ignont stands out as one of the top 2017 prospects.
In addition to his bond with Malzahn and Horton, Ignont is also growing closer to Auburn linebacker coach Travis Williams. The two keep in constant contact and that’s something Ignont said has been important to him about the entire Auburn staff. With a bond with the university and the people on the Plains, Ignont said there’s no doubt the Tigers are very much in the hunt for him.
“To be honest, I look at Coach T-Will like a father figure,” Ignont said. “All of those guys, Coach Horton, I look at like father figures. Anything I need, whether it’s football related or not, they are always there for me.
“I feel like if I went there and God forbid I got hurt I would just be happy being in school at Auburn. That’s big for me and something I have been thinking about during this recruiting process.”