Trussville, Ala.--One of the top wide receiver prospects in Alabama and among the fastest football players in the country, four-star Noah Igbinoghene had offers from Duke, Notre Dame, Ole Miss and several others, but on Thursday he committed to the Auburn Tigers after getting an offer from Gus Malzahn’s program earlier this fall and visiting the Plains recently.
“I think just growing up in this state, when you get those offers from Auburn or Alabama those are big things for a kid,” Hewitt-Trussville Coach Josh Floyd said of what his standout wide receiver saw in the Tigers. “He knows some people down at Auburn too.
"Our offensive coordinator here the last few years (Austin Tucker) is down there as an offensive graduate assistant. I think all of those things were just big factors for him. It’s the opportunity to play in the SEC and that’s a big opportunity for anybody.”
This season Igbinoghene had a monster season for Coach Josh Floyd, a protege of Malzahn that played for and coached with Auburn’s head coach. In 12 games the speedster caught 55 passes for 712 yards and eight touchdowns to lead the team in all three categories. Also a dangerous runner similar to Elijah Stove, Igbinoghene added 94 carries for 751 yards with 10 touchdowns.
“I think he’s able to do so many things for you on the field,” Floyd said. “He obviously has big-time speed but he’s also a guy that’s great in the open field, he just makes people miss. He’s a track guy, but he’s not one of those guys that’s just a straight-ahead guy.
“He’s a guy that we did everything with. He would run the ball at running back, he played quarterback some, we just tried to get him the ball so many different ways this year. He’s a threat to score on any play. That’s what you get with him.”
That’s something that Malzahn has done well in the past with different guys in his offense and something that Elijah Stove is doing now for the Tigers. Floyd said he sees a great fit for Igbinoghene on the Plains because of his skills and because he’s already familiar with the offense.
“I think it helps because it’s not like did just one thing for us,” his coach said. “The good thing about Coach’s system is he does a great job of getting the ball in people’s hands in different ways. It’s not like it’s a one-way deal, I think he’s a guy they can bring in the backfield some and bring him in motion. I think it’s a perfect fit for his skill set and I think he’s just a really good fit at Auburn.”
In addition to playing football, Igbinoghene plans to run track at Auburn.