Four-star Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville, Ala.) receiver Noah Igbinoghene has been quiet of late, but July 28 he released his top-five leaderboard and said he’d be officially visiting each of the schools on the list. For now, the 6-foot, 190-pounder has Duke, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Maryland and Missouri in play, although, of those, two are standing out.
“I’d say right now Duke and Notre Dame are kind of the co-leaders, and the rest are in no order,” Igbinoghene said. “I’d say those two just stick out to me right now, but I have to take my official visits and see where things lead. Nothing is totally set in stone yet.”
Igbinoghene discussed each of the quintet and why they made the final five over his other 10-plus suitors.
Duke: “First of all, Duke was my very first power-five offer and I’ve known the coaches for a long time. I visited there in November, and I loved the campus and meeting the coaches. The academics are very high there, and that’s one main thing I love that about Duke. And the football program is going to be a beast in a couple years too. I just love everything about the school.”
Notre Dame: “I like that Notre Dame is a huge football and academic school. It’s a great balance there, and just the tradition they have with football is great. I love everything about that school and what it stands for. I can’t wait to visit there for the first time.
“I talked to their one coach the other day, and he said I’m one of their top recruits. So hopefully they have a spot for me when I’m ready. I have to find out about that.”
Missouri: “Missouri is in the SEC, of course, and it’s had some good players come out of there. I want to visit there to find out more, meet the coaches, see the campus and just build a relationship with them. I have a good relationship with them, but I have to see the school first.”
Virginia Tech: “Tech’s been recruiting me for a long time. I like their receivers’ coach, and we’ve had some good talks. I love everything about that school and that [spread] offense. I really want to visit there too, because I think I’ll like it a lot.”
Maryland: “Maryland is one school I really don’t know too much about yet, because I think the coaches thought I didn’t have much interest and they hadn’t been in touch recently. But I’m trying to build a relationship with them again.
“Coach [Anthony] Tucker, he recruited me at Arkansas State and then offered me when he got to Maryland. He’s a good guy, and I like him a lot. Also, Coach [Walt] Bell, he was at Arkansas State too and he runs a great [spread] offense that I think would fit me perfectly. And the receivers they’ve produced like Stefon Diggs, that stands out about Maryland too. I’m like the same size as [Diggs], so that kind of caught my eye about Maryland. I’m excited to visit there too.”
Igbinoghene plans to take most of his officials during the season, although he allowed it might be difficult to fit all five in. He said more than likely he’d finish his trips after his senior campaign is completed, and then choose his future destination shortly after his final visit.
“Right now I want to see each school in my top five, and I don’t want to choose one before I see them all,” Igbinoghene said. “Also, the [list] could change if another offer comes in that I like. There’s not one offer I’m looking for, but if one comes and I really like it, I could visit there instead of another school [in my top five]. So the list isn’t completely set in stone yet.”
As aforementioned, the only school the Alabama native has seen on his leaderboard is Duke. He was unable to take many trips during the spring and summer due to track season.
“I actually went to Cuba with my track team for like two weeks this summer, so I couldn’t get out [to visit] then, obviously, and then I’ve been busy,” Igbinoghene said. “I think the last school I saw was Auburn back in June. But I’m ready for my officials in the fall. I’m excited about those.”