Trussville, Ala.--One of the most dynamic players in Alabama for the 2017 class, four-star Auburn wide receiver commitment Noah Igbinoghene was on the Plains over the weekend for his official visit and left “110 percent committed” to the Tigers.
On campus with seven fellow commitments, several of whom he played with in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic, the speedster said for him the trip only cemented his feelings that Auburn is the right place for him.
“It was so fun just meeting all of the guys that are committed,” Igbinoghene said. They are all my family now and I love all of them. This is where I want to go. This is where I want to be.
“It’s a huge weight (off my shoulders). I didn’t think I was going anywhere anyway, but just to solidify it I’m not going anywhere. I’m glad it’s over with.”
Playing in the all-star game with early enrollees K.J. Britt and Malcolm Askew along with Tadarian Moultry, Alec Jackson and Jordyn Peters, Igbinoghene said that the start of building the bond in his mind.
“It was great because just over the all-star game I got to know all of them and became family with them,” he said. “I just love them all. They are good friends of mine and I can’t wait to be down here with them.”
In addition to spending time with his future teammates, the weekend visit allowed Igbinoghene the opportunity to learn more about new offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey. His first impression when he learned of the new coach was a positive one however because of his reputation for throwing the ball.
“I like it,” he said. “I’m a wide receiver that’s what we like to do. I like to pass the ball. That’s what I like to do.
“Just talking to him the first time I saw him, he was just a very nice guy. You can see he cares about all of us and loves all of us. I really like that.”
While the addition of Lindsey is something that excites Igbinoghene, having former Auburn player Kodi Burns as his WR coach is perhaps the most important part of the staff he said.
“He played here and I’m going to do what he did and has done already,” he said of Burns. “The fact that he’s coaching me and has already been through it, I just love everything about him. I can’t wait to be coached by him.”
In addition to his 55 catches for 712 yards and eight touchdowns, 94 carries for 751 yards and 10 more scores, Igbinoghene has put up big numbers on the track as well. Running a personal-best time of 10.76 in the 100, it’s in the jumps where he’s got a chance to continue his career at Auburn. With a long jump of 24-8 ½ inches, the wide receiver plans to work with Ralph Spry and is excited about being a two-sport athlete.
“He’s a very nice guy,” he said of Spry. “He jumped real far and that’s what I want to do. He’s been there so he’s going to get me there.”
Auburn WR Coach Kodi Burns on Igbinoghene: "What we got is a playmaker. It's exciting to have a talent that him coming in. He comes from a great program. He's a great kid. He's a very yes sir, no sir type of kid and comes from a program that has been historically successful so we're excited to have him."