The next 2017 linebacker domino fell: Will Ignont.
The 4-star linebacker from Buckhorn (Ala.) picked Tennessee over Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss and UCLA on Wednesday. Ignont’s unpredictable recruitment went in the Volunteers’ favor after he attended the Tennessee-Alabama game on Oct. 15.
As recently as Sept. 26, Ignont didn’t even mention Tennessee among his top choices, leaving the list at Ole Miss, Auburn, LSU and UCLA. Ignont mentioned then, however, that the official visits in the weeks that followed would be a major turning point.
Tennessee took advantage of Ignont’s up-for-grabs recruitment. But what does it mean for Auburn?
Well the Tigers have had their eyes on a bunch of strong 2017 linebacker options — Ignont, Monty Rice, KJ Britt, Tyler Taylor, Nate McBride and De’Andre Wilder, to name the highest priorities. Ignont, is the No. 9 inside backer in the nation, but there will be plenty of other chances for Auburn to strike big at the position.
Britt is probably the top priority for the Tigers, and the in-state prospect from Oxford (Ala.) has been in attendance for several nearby Auburn games this season. Wilder unofficially visited Saturday for the destruction of Arkansas. Tyler set his official visit date recently, and Rice still has Auburn in contention.
So, while Ignont would’ve been a nice addition, Auburn should feel good with where it’s at as far as linebackers go. 4-star linebacker Tadarian Moultry and 3-star linebacker Chandler Wooten complement each other well.
Look for the Tigers to add anywhere from 1-3 more at the position. If Auburn adds Britt, the Tigers might be OK to ride with just the trio of Wooten, Moultry and Britt, but they’d probably prefer to add a fourth and fifth, if possible.