Despite moving from New Market, Ala., to Bradenton, Fla., to enroll at the coveted IMG Academy, Will Ignont is still fond of in-state Auburn.
And quite possibly more than any other schools.
“I feel at home at Auburn, a little bit more than other schools,” said Ignont, who recently participated in the Nike Opening Regional in Orlando, Fla. The four-star linebacker didn’t publicly name any official leaders but raved about his relationship with the program.
“It’s more than just a home feeling. When I say at home, I really mean it. I had a relationship with coach (Kevin) Steele when he was at Alabama before he went to LSU, so we’re real close.”
The 6-foot-2, 238-pound prospect is rated as the No. 5 inside linebacker in the country and the No. 26 prospect in the state of Florida. Ignont has visited Auburn twice since September, and the rising senior anticipates spending several other days on campus this summer.
“I look up to all those Auburn coaches as father figures,” Ignont said. “I talk to those guys every day. I’ll go up this summer and spent four or five days there just because I love it. It’s a special place.”
Ignont is one of Auburn’s top targets in the 2017 cycle. After signing only one linebacker, Tre Threat, in the 2016 class, the Tigers have made the position an absolute priority.
Auburn has sent out offers to 28 linebackers to date and will likely take four on signing day next year.
All rankings are according to the 247Sports Composite