AUBURN, Ala. — Alabama was Will Ignont’s leader prior to Auburn’s Big Cat recruiting event Saturday. That’s no longer the case.
The four-star linebacker from Buckhorn High School (New Market, Ala.) told SEC Country that Alabama, Auburn and Georgia are tied atop his list.
“I’m so torn between all three of those schools,” Ignont said. “They’re all great schools. They’re all equal for me right now.”
That’s a big change for Ignont, who had listed Alabama as his leader since Alabama’s A-Day game in early April.
For most of his recruitment, Auburn was the presumed favorite to land Ignont’s commitment, and it appears that the Tigers have gained significant momentum.
He talked about the main differences between Alabama and Auburn.
“Alabama is more business-based,” Ignont said. I feel like they’re on a strict schedule and everything they do is for a specific reason.
“At Auburn, it’s a lot more fun and the coaches are looser. They’re going to coach the hell out of their players — don’t get me wrong. But I feel like, you’re going to have a lot of fun at Auburn if you play here.”
One of the main concerns Ignont had about Auburn was the possibility of the coaching staff not being in place next season. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn is on the hot seat, but Ignont’s concerns about that seem to have diminished.
“I feel like Auburn is going to be very special this year,” Ignont said. “I think they have great players and have enough talent to compete with everyone in the SEC. Auburn will be fine this year.”
Ignont had a chance to spend quality time with Malzahn on Saturday, and he came away with a big takeaway from that conversation.
“Coach Malzahn kind of acts like a high school coach, meaning that he just cares so much about his players,” Ignont said. “Seeing that out of him was really good to see.”
The Under Armour All-American will be back on Alabama’s campus this upcoming week, and he says it’s a chance for the Tide to regain a lead over the Tigers and Bulldogs.
“Every unofficial visit I take at this point is very important,” Ignont said. “I really can’t say at this point what Alabama can do to be the lone leader.”
All rankings are provided by the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.
Chris Kirschner covers Alabama football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Bryant-Denny.