LSU has always been an option for Will Ignont, but the school just recently has made a surge for the elite linebacker.
Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda took over the recruitment of the 4-star Alabama linebacker in place of Kevin Steele, which will result in Ignont visiting the Baton Rouge, La., campus later this month for LSU’s annual elite prospect camp.
Ignont revealed to SEC Country that Aranda has made a unique pitch — just lately — and the talented linebacker is paying attention.
“I hadn’t really heard from them a close deal, but Coach Aranda has picked it up,” Ignont said at Nike’s The Opening, Nike’s premier summer camp in Beaverton, Ore., that features more than 160 of the top football prospects in the nation.
“I said no one was really recruiting me, and he said that he’s going to change that. We’ve had communication once a week, and I’m good with that. I see (LSU) as a good fit. They’re losing a lot of linebackers and don’t have much depth right now. Coach Aranda told me if I stay on my Ps and Qs, I’m definitely someone that can make an impact, and that’s big for me.
“He always has a top defense,” he added, “and he’s someone I definitely want to play for.”
LSU holds a linebacker commitment from 4-star Livonia (La.) athlete Patrick Queen, who can play multiple positions on the defensive side of the ball. The 2017 recruiting class does not have a true linebacker commitment, though.
The Tigers’ thin depth at the position has appealed to the nation’s No. 6 inside linebacker, and the surge has come at an ideal time.
Ignont told SEC Country that he plans on making a decision sometime in the next two months before the start of his senior season at Buckhorn High School (New Market, Ala.), which likely will include multiple visits to LSU.
“I want to see the stuff outside of football,” the 6-foot-2, 238-pound prospect said. “When I visited (in October 2015), it was more about football. I want to see what they offer academically and would I be happy going to school there. If I got hurt, would I just be happy going to school there. That’s the biggest thing I’m looking at when I visit those schools.”
LSU faces stiff competition from SEC rivals Auburn and Georgia, as well as UCLA and Michigan. All of the schools are in the mix to earn visits from this standout.
In two visits, Aranda and the rest of the Tigers’ coaches have a chance to separate themselves by recruiting not only Ignont, but his mother and his sister. The 4-star prospect’s family certainly can sway him in his decision-making process.
“It’s really where I feel the most comfortable and my family feels the most comfortable,” he explained. “Everything right now is about me predominantly, but my mom and my sister have been with me forever, so whichever is best for us is the best option that I’m going to take.”
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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 Tigers Stadium.