Scout was on hand to see 2017 four-star New Market (Ala.) Buckhorn linebacker Will Ignont in action on Thursday night, where he once again lived up to his billing as one of the Yellowhammer State's best. Contributing a handful of tackles, including two for loss, while forcing and recovering a fumble in a 60-28 road win over Harvest (Ala.) Sparkman, Ignont has the Bucks defense standing as one of the best in the state.
Off the field, he admits he remains in "no rush" to make a decision despite considerable national offers. In fact, exploring Pac-12 power UCLA has been on his mind of late.
"They'll definitely be in my top five," Ignont said. "If you know football you watch all types of football, not just aroud the SEC. You know that UCLA has put a lot of very good linebackers in the league over the past couple of years.
"You've got Anthony Barr, Eric Kendricks, who won the Butkus Awards and you've got Myles Jack, who I thin will go first round. If not first, he'll be one of the first ones in the second round."
Ignont likes the style of linebacker the Bruins have produced of late and he has some similarities to Jack considering he is a standout running back and linebacker at the prep level.
"They always have a great group of linebackers there and I feel like coach (Scott) White is doing a great job with their linebackers," he said. "Their defensive coordinator (Tom Bradley) as well, he's doing a great job with their defense."
Having never been to California, the No. 6 linebacker in the 2017 class is planning to see Westwood sometime next year.fsumm
"I'm going to try and make it down there this summer, I'm going to talk about it with my mom," Ignont said. "But if not, I'm definitely going to take one of my official visits there."
The top junior says his next trip could be only slightly west, to Mississippi State, when it hosts Alabama November 14. The Bulldogs represent a heavy SEC contingent that will factor in the chase for his signature along with UCLA.
"Right now, I really like Auburn, LSU, Georgia and Mississippi State, too," Ignont said.