One of the top linebackers in the country in the 2017 class is New Market (Ala.) Buckhorn junior inside linebacker Will Ignont.
The standout linebacker is set to transfer to Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy later this month to finish out his high school career.
Before that transition though, Ignont's recruiting process continues to hum, and Monday was no different as Michigan running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley made it by his school, later extending a scholarship offer over the phone.
“I was on the phone with him for about 15 minutes and we were just talking about football and how much he likes me as a player," Ignont told The Michigan Insider. "He also told me how much of a dog I was and how he couldn’t wait for me to get up here and visit.
"He then told me that he wanted to offer me and my reaction was really excited and honored. Just to know a school like that wants you and the tradition there, Coach Harbaugh is head coach and they are doing big things at the University of Michigan is something I want to be a part of. I was very happy.”
With an offer in hand now, Ignont is set on making it up to Ann Arbor for an unofficial visit in the near future.
"I’m very interested in Michigan from just talking to Coach Wheatley from our period of time and on Twitter,” said Ignont. “Talking to him and seeing what he has to say about the University of Michigan and all the things they got going up over there and how they are headed in the right direction.
"They are definitely going to be among my favorites and be in my top ten or eight whenever I choose to put out in the next couple of weeks. They are definitely going to be in it.”
Ignont also added an official visit with the Wolverines will be a possibility as fall begins to inch closer and closer.
The 6-foot-2, 232-pound hard hitting linebacker plans to further increase his knowledge of the Wolverine program, but is even more intrigued after watching Michigan's Citrus Bowl win over Florida.
“I know for a fact they got players going to the NFL just like any other top Division One school,” said Ignont. “They have a history of really good players. Just from watching them and playing a very good Florida team to wipe them out, then I just know that they are something special.”
“I was shocked by the result due to the fact the Florida defense was playing really good. I thought it was going to be a closer game than it was. Obviously, Michigan wanted it more and they were probably more deserving of that win because the players played hard the whole game and they came out the gate ready to play. They just jumped on the Florida team and probably didn’t expect Michigan to jump on them like they did.”
When Ignont does decide to head out and visit several campuses, there will be a plan in place with several key factors in mind.
“A place where if I got hurt playing there, I would be okay just going to school there,” said Ignont. “I want to go to a place that I feel comfortable that I feel will take care of me.
"I don’t want to end up somewhere that I don’t really like if I’m not playing or that I feel want to go home. I want to go to a place that is going to be most comfortable and where the coaches will push me to be the best player and person on and off the field.”
Coming off a 6-5 season with Buckhorn, Ignont was given the chance to further his education and game at IMG Academy in Florida, which was one too good to refuse.
”I haven’t been down there yet, but I think it is going to be a huge difference from going to a public school to border school like that,” said Ignont.
"As far as getting my grades right, I’m going there with a great foundation and continue to better my GPA and better myself as an athlete on the field."
Ignont plans to see Florida and Florida State through Jan. 15-16, with Alabama, Auburn, Michigan, UCLA, LSU and Georgia on the schedule as well.