Will Ignont expected to be committed by now. Nonetheless, he continues to move toward accomplishing that goal with each passing day.
Ignont, the nation’s No. 8 inside linebacker in the Class of 2017, told SEC Country that he planned to decide between LSU, Auburn, Michigan and UCLA right before the start of his senior season or within the first two weeks of it. On Friday, the 4-star Alabama native will suit up for the third game of the year still as one of the top uncommitted prospects.
The 6-foot-2, 238-pound Ignont did take a step closer to committing. According to AL.com, the linebacker trimmed his list of finalists to three with LSU, Auburn and UCLA making the cut.
It only makes sense that LSU would make the final cut. After all, Ignont revealed in late July that the Tigers were the front runners after participating in the elite prospect camp in Baton Rouge. That same Saturday he hung out with LSU coaches and a host of commits at the team barbecue.
That was Ignont’s second visit to LSU. His first came when LSU ran over Florida last October in the early part of the season. Yet, this trip left him with a lot more to think about.
“LSU has an edge right now,” Ignont told SEC Country after visiting in July. “They (LSU) are just making me and my family feel at home. I feel like I would be taken care of if I went to LSU, and that’s all that we want. We want a place that fits me and somewhere where I strive both academically and athletically by winning national championships.”
Ignont has quieted down since naming LSU his leading school and will begin to take his official visits before making a decision. All three of his finalists will earn a visit from the 4-star linebacker, with in-state power Auburn up first. Ignont will be on hand for Auburn’s season opener against Clemson, then return to Louisiana for the LSU-Alabama showdown on Nov. 5. He’ll head out to the West Coast for the UCLA-Southern Cal game later that month.
Naturally, the LSU vs. Alabama game will draw elite prospects from across the country, and most notably, some of the Tigers’ top remaining targets. Adding a bit more intrigue to this affair is that Ignont was once silently committed to the Crimson Tide, but rescinded that verbal pledge because he felt that that Alabama’s 2017 class was too linebacker heavy. That’s when LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda began to shift a lot of his attention to Ignont.
Interestingly enough, Ignont acknowledged to SEC Country that he’s well-aware that LSU’s 2017 class could include three to five linebackers as the team looks to add depth at the second layer of the defense following the transition to a 3-4 scheme. Ignont, who, like current 4-star linebacker commit Patrick Queen, is one of the few inside backers LSU is courting to help replace Kendell Beckwith and Duke Riley once they graduate after the season.
Basically, Ignont is going to do a bit more homework before he settles on a decision. Keep in mind he was technically committed for a good amount of time, so before he does so again, he wants to be sure of himself. LSU survived another round of cuts and will now host the 4-star recruit for its biggest game of the season in two months. Once Ignont makes stops to Auburn, LSU and UCLA, a decision should come soon after in either late November or early December, ahead of National Signing Day. That’s a plus for the Tigers, who are keeping tabs on several other linebackers this fall, including 5-star prospect Dylan Moses and 4-star talents K’Lavon Chaisson, Levi Jones and Christopher Allen.
A source close to Ignont indicated that Auburn emerged as the favorite once he re-opened his recruitment. The New Market, Ala., native’s comments suggest otherwise, but it is seemingly trending toward a two-team race into the fall. Auburn holds commitments from two linebackers in its current class, and like LSU, is eyeing a bevy of others at the position. Both teams are trying to nab at least four linebackers in their 2017 hauls, so expect both SEC West schools to make a push for Ignont in a decision that could very easily go either way.
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU 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 Tiger Stadium.