No. 9 ILB Will Ignont wants to take a few more visits, then commit late in the summer

July 13 -- Will Ignont gave a silent commitment back in the spring, but quickly backed off that. This Scout 300 linebacker out of Alabama is now closing in on a public commitment...

Will Ignont was in the news two months ago for making a silent commitment [to Alabama], then backing off that pledge to re-open his recruitment.

The 6-foot-2, 232 pound linebacker out of New Market (Ala.) Buckhorn is now to the point where he wants to make a public decision, and that could happen in the near future.

"I really want to commit before the season starts," said Ignont.  "I know I am going to check out Florida StateLSU and Michigan before the season starts, so that will help me a lot.  I can get to Auburn and Georgia any time because they are both close to home, so I am working hard to have a decision next month."

One school was left out there.  It is UCLA.

The Bruins are very much in the race for the No. 9-ranked inside in the country.  He may not be able to get to Los Angeles before the season starts due to it being across the country, but he will visit UCLA regardless of his commitment timeline.

"UCLA is one of those that is highest on my list list right now and I am going to take an official visit there no matter what. I have already told them I would visit, I want to take a visit, and I really want to see what it is like at UCLA."

One Bruin coach in particular has struck a chord with the star out of Alabama.

"I am really close with coach [Scott] White (Linebackers) and we have a great relationship.  He has been with me throughout this whole process and I know I can talk with him about anything at any time.  

"As a player, coach White compares me to Myles Jack and guys he has coached before, and I know that I am not at their level, but it is humbling that he sees that kind of talent in me.  He feels he can coach me up, so I like that a lot.

"I cannot wait to get out there and see what it is like because I know I am going to love it."

When the decision is made, whether it is in August or January, Ignont feels he will choose one of six schools.  Along with UCLA, Florida State, LSU and Michigan, Auburn and Georgia are two others that he is considering.  The schools in the South have had Ignont on campus before, and they are easier to get to, but another one a little farther away has connected with him.

"I really like the coaching staff at Michigan a lot," said Ignont.  "I like coach [Scott] Brown (Defensive coordinator) and coach [Tyrone] Wheatley (running backs) a lot and they are recruiting me hard.

There really isn't anyone better at their job than coach Jim Harbaugh either.  He has coached everywhere and won, and he is a people's person that happens to be a great coach too.  The players love playing for him and that is the kind of guy I want to play for while winning championships."

Chad Simmons

After competing at The Opening Finals, now Ignont will turn his attention to recruiting these next few weeks.  He has had a lot going on in recent months with a quick commitment, transferring schools, and The Opening.  Now he has a break, he will take a few visits, and he hopes to find his future home.

"I have been talking things out with my mom and my sister, and looking at everything in recruiting.  It was the best decision for me to re-open my recruiting when I did, and my mom and my sister felt the same way.  They are very important to me, so they are helping me go through this process right now.

"When I committed, it was rushed, so I am looking at things a little differently this time.

"Me, my mom and my sister have always said throughout this process that the school that is right for me is one I could be happy at even if I was not playing football.  I want to have a chance to play early, I want to get along with the coaches, and all that too, but God-forbidding that I get hurt and cannot play football, I want to find a school I can be with or without it.

"That is what I am looking for now, and that is what I am hoping to find soon.  When I feel that way, I plan to go ahead and commit."

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