Will Ignont didn't want to wait until National Signing Day. The linebacker announced Wednesday night that he is verbally committed to Tennessee.
"Beyond blessed to announce that I am committing to play at the University of Tennessee," Ignont said. "God is good! Thank my mom for everything because without her none of this would have been possible."
The Scout four-star prospect is the No. 12-ranked inside linebacker in the 2017 class. He chose Tennessee over other options such as Louisiana State, Mississippi and UCLA.
"I'm excited to strap up and play for (Tennessee) coach (Butch) Jones and ready to learn from (linebackers) coach (Tommy) Thigpen (but) most importantly to be a part of something special!"
Ignont joins Marquez Bembry, De'Morreal Burnam, Jaquan Henderson and Solon Page III as linebackers pledged to the Big Orange.
Ignont took an unofficial visit to Knoxville to see the Volunteers host Alabama at Neyland Stadium. It was a sellout crowd of 102,455.
The 6-foot-1, 236-pounder is on the roster to compete in the 30th Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic at Montgomery's Cramton Bowl on Dec. 10.
On Friday, Ignont registered 12 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss in a 43-26 defeat at the hands of Bob Jones. Earlier in his senior season, Ignont totaled 10 tackles, including six TFLs, three sacks and two pass breakups in a 42-27 win over Mae Jemison.
In nine games thus far in his senior campaign, he has 67.5 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. His prep career comes to a close Thursday at North Jackson.
As a sophomore, Ignont ran for over 1,000 yards before moving to 'backer where he was AHSAA Class 7A first-team All-State in his junior year with 113 tackles.