AUBURN, Ala. — Noah Igbinoghene said the recruiting process was like a weight on his shoulders. But after his official visit to the Plains, the 4-star wide receiver feels light on his speedy feet and ready to take off with the Tigers.
“I’m 110 percent committed here,” Igbinoghene said last Sunday. “I didn’t think I was going anywhere anyway, but just to solidify it I’m not going anywhere. I’m glad it’s over with.”
Igbinoghene is currently Auburn’s lone wide receiver commitment for the class of 2017, which will officially sign next Wednesday. With 8 of Auburn’s top 10 receivers returning this fall, Auburn didn’t need to take a lot of talent at the position in this cycle.
But the Tigers knew they wanted Igbinoghene, an in-state star from Hewitt-Trussville High School. Igbinoghene committed on Thanksgiving Day last November, adding a versatile speedster to the class.
Over the weekend, Igbinoghene met with Auburn’s new offensive coordinator, Chip Lindsey, for the first time.
“Just talking to him the first time I saw him, he was just a very nice guy,” Lindsey said. “You can see he cares about all of us and loves all of us. I really like that. … I like (Lindsey’s passing game). I’m a wide receiver, that’s what we like to do.”
Igbinoghene’s excitement to hit the ground running with the Tigers comes in two sports, too. He will be on the Tigers’ football team and the track team. Igbinoghene spent some time during his official visit meeting with Auburn head track coach Ralph Spry and horizontal jumps coach Greg Stringer.
“I can’t wait to do track here, too,” Igbinoghene said. “(Spry is) a very nice guy. He jumped real far, and that’s what I want to do. He’s been there so he’s going to get me there.”
Igbinoghene’s official visit served as a time to officially shut down his recruitment. He took unofficial visits to Duke and Notre Dame last October before committing to Auburn.
Although he picked up an offer from Oregon earlier this month, Igbinoghene knows for sure where he’ll be signing next Wednesday after meeting with his future coaches and teammates in both sports.
“It was so fun just meeting all of the guys that committed,” Igbinoghene said. “They are all my family now, and I love all of them. This is where I want to go. This is where I want to be.”