Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville, Ala.) receiver Noah Igbinoghene held several offers from schools in the ACC and Big 12, but Feb. 26 the 6-foot, 190-pounder pulled down his first Big Ten verbal. The Terps became the 11th suitor for the Alabama native, but represent one of his more significant offers to date.
“The Maryland offer was a big one. That’s one I was really excited about and really liked,” said Igbinoghene, who also counts offers from Wake Forest, Duke, Iowa State, Troy, Southern Miss, Memphis and others. “It’s a Big Ten school, which is a great conference, it’s a good school academically and I know they have a new staff that has them heading in the right direction.
“[The coaches] weren’t really talking to me before the offer, so I don’t know too much in-depth yet, but I would go on a visit there for sure. I want to learn more and see what it’s like out there.”
Igbinoghene may not have heard from the Terps’ staff until Feb. 26, but he did know running backs coach Anthony Tucker from his previous employer. Evidently when Tucker was at Arkansas State last year, he recruited Alabama and trekked through Hewitt-Trussville. So Tucker had met Igbinoghene before, and then extended an offer when the receiver attended Arkansas State’s summer camp.
“Coach Tucker, I called him [Feb. 26], and he remembered me from when he was at Arkansas State. He liked me then and thought enough of me to offer me there,” Igbinoghene said. “And then he was telling the Maryland staff about me, and he ended up offering me there too. I didn’t really get coached by him at the camp or get to know him too well from [Arkansas State], but he’s cool and I’m looking forward to getting to know him more.”
Maryland’s academics could potentially make it an appealing option for the emerging wideout. Igbinoghene is an honors student and said education is of the utmost importance to him. He wants to major in either engineering or physical therapy, and will be paying close attention to the programs for those respective fields when he takes his college visits.
Speaking of trips, the only campuses Igbinoghene has seen thus far are Duke and Alabama. He said he runs both indoor and outdoor track and hasn’t had time to venture out much due to his schedule.
“But I will be getting out more later on, probably to Wake Forest, Iowa State, Maryland and schools like that that have offered,” Igbinoghene said. “I was just at Alabama [Feb. 27], and that was a lot of fun. Just the level of prestige there, you have to respect that program. Their coaches are coming down to see me, so there is some interest.
“And Duke, when I was there it was real fun. I loved Duke. The visit itself was great, and the academics really stood out.”
Igbinoghene said he’s procuring significant interest from Michigan State and Auburn, the latter of which could change his recruitment. For now, Igbinoghene has no leaders or standouts, but admitted offers from the hometown schools, Bama or Auburn, could alter his thinking.
“But right now I’m taking my time with the process and seeing who comes in,” Igbinoghene said. “I want to find a school that has a good program in my major, and another major thing for me is I want to find a place that will let me run track and play football. I love both sports equally, so I really want to run track in college.”
Igbinoghene said he could potentially end his recruitment by the summer if he finds the right fit. If not, he’s prepared to wait until next winter before committing.
The Alabama product is coming off a season where he recorded 44 catches for 667 yards and eight touchdowns. He had 1,054 all-purpose yards and a kick return score.