Will Ignont committed to Tennessee rather abruptly two months ago, but the 4-star linebacker remains 110-percent pledged to the Vols.
While the Buckhorn High School (Ala.) product continues to hear from LSU, Ignont told SEC Country earlier this week he simply “fell in love with Tennessee” and has no plans to reopen his recruitment unless there’s a massive change with the Vols.
“Growing up, I always wanted to go to Auburn or LSU, but Tennessee kind of snuck up in there,” Ignont said this week at the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game in Montgomery, Ala.
“I fell in love with it. I’m 110-percent committed to Tennessee. The only one reason I’d de-commit was if something happened like the coaching staff got fired between now and February. But I’m solid to Tennessee. As long as everything is green, then that’s where I’m going to sign in February.”
The 6-foot-2, 230-pound prospect plans to take official visits to Tennessee and LSU in January, with a possible cross-country trip to UCLA, too.
After leaving IMG Academy in April, Ignont, a former Alabama Crimson Tide silent commit, delivered an impressive senior season back home. He recorded 131 tackles, 22 tackles for loss and close to 10 sacks for Buckhorn.
“My senior year, I had a lot to prove. When I de-committed from Alabama, it raised red flags. I had a lot to prove and I think I did a good job,” he said.
“I proved I could play with the best. I feel like I did my job and that’s what I’m waiting for — to prove everyone wrong. I always felt like I had something to prove, so it meant a lot to feel like my hard work was paying off.”
Ignont also impressed this week at Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game, showcasing his potential as a fleet-footed pass rusher. He climbed nearly 100 spots in 247Sports’ rankings, and is now the nation’s No. 101 prospect.
Normally an inside linebacker, Ignont took plenty of reps at outside linebacker and defensive end this week in Montgomery. He recorded a sack in the All-Star Game on Saturday, too.
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Ignont acknowledged that if the Tigers had aggressively recruited him months ago, perhaps he’d be in their signing class.
But they didn’t, and Tennessee did, and Knoxville is where he feels most comfortable now.
“If there’s anywhere else I’d be, it’s LSU. But I’m solid with Tennessee,” he said.
“I’m not going to commit and de-commit. I’m not going to de-commit from Tennessee just because now they (LSU) know what they want. I’m going to stick with the team that wanted me from the beginning, the team that’s been recruiting me throughout this whole process, the team that I’m committed to unless something changes.”