Chad Simmons

UCLA on Short List for 4-Star LB Will Ignont

Oct. 4 -- The #9-ranked inside linebacker in the nation, Will Ignont from Alabama, has a long-time in-state favorite, but has steadily maintained his interest in UCLA...

This story was originally published by Scout's Auburn site, Inside the Auburn Tigers

New Market, Ala.--One of the top prospects in Alabama for the 2017 class, four-star linebacker Will Ignont, grew up following the Auburn Tigers and has built a strong bond with the coaching staff since his freshman season. Watching the defense closely through the first four games of the season, Ignont said he likes what he's seen from Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, linebackers coach Travis Williams and company on that side of the ball.

"Not only the linebackers, but if you watch Auburn, and I have grown up an Auburn fan and their defense, it looks like it used to be maybe around 2005 or 2006," Ignont tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "They just look like they're flying around to the ball. Everybody is getting a hat to the ball and they're playing good. The linebackers are playing real good. He (Williams) has got a little rotation going and I like what he's doing.

"It's a huge deal considering the fact that they've been with me since this whole process started," Ignont notes. "I have kind of stuck with Auburn throughout this whole process and it's just huge to finally see their defense kind of unfolding and kind of coming together."

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Will Ignont is rated four stars as the nation's No. 9 linebacker prospect.

Currently Ignont has Auburn as one of his top schools along with Ole Miss and UCLA. Planning to visit all three with a trip to Los Angeles likely coming after the season, the prospect notes those three are in the mix with another SEC school still in the hunt.

"I wouldn't count LSU out of it," Ignont says. "It's kind of like four schools, but UCLA, Ole Miss and Auburn are really sticking out to me."

The LSU interest may surprise a lot of people with Coach Les Miles being fired this week, but for Ignont it's more about the school than just about a coaching staff. It's something he said he's learned over the years and plans to use it when making his decision in a few months.

"I have thought about that throughout this whole process," he says. "Once I saw Coach Steele move from Alabama to LSU to Auburn, I just decided I was going to commit to the school and not the coach."

Off to a monster start for Buckhorn, Ignont says he feels like he's been playing well so far this season for the Tigers. In his last two games alone Ignont notes he has 27 tackles and six sacks. 

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