Montgomery, Ala.--The most recent Auburn commitment and perhaps the fastest player in Alabama in the 2017 class, four-star Noah Igbinoghene (Ig-Bin-Ogg-A-Nee) chose the Tigers over Duke, Notre Dame and several others recently. Saying he wanted to get his decision done before the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game, Igbinoghene said he’s all Auburn.
“I just felt like home when I went up there,” he said of the Tigers. “I went up there twice before and the last time it just felt like home.”
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.
He said the familiarity with Auburn’s offense and being able to make a smooth transition was important for him.
“It was real important to me,” he said. “People tell me that it’s hard to learn a whole new offense. I wouldn’t have to do that. It probably changes a little bit, but it’s probably about the same thing and I like that about them.”
In addition to the offensive system, Igbinoghene said his bond with Auburn WR Coach Kodi Burns was a big reason for his commitment. A young coach that played in the system as well, Burns has a way of communicating with his receivers and the four-star said that.
“He’s a young guy so he can relate to us kind of,” he said. “I just like that about him.”
Since his commitment the Hewitt-Trussville standout said things have slowed down dramatically for him. Wanting to enjoy his all-star game experience and his time leading up to signing day, Igbinoghene said he’s planning on being a Tiger on Feb. 1.
“It was the perfect opportunity for me and it was Thanksgiving,” he said of his decision date. “Auburn just felt like home to me and my family and I really enjoyed it.
“I’m 100 percent,” he added. “I’m just planning on visiting Auburn. It will be Jan. 20-22.”