Elite linebacker Will Ignont announced on Wednesday via Twitter that he has committed to play at Tennessee! Ignont, who is from New Market, Alabama, and plays at Buckhorn High School, is ranked as the 9th best linebacker in the 2017 recruiting class, the 11th best player in the state of Alabama, and the 206th best player in the country, according to 247sports.com. He had committed to Alabama in the spring, but then decommitted in June. After announcing his top three schools were Auburn, LSU, and UCLA, the Vols made a late push to sign the linebacker and he visited Tennessee on October 15th. Ignont told SECCountry.com “I just got that feeling. I just fell in love with it immediately. I liked campus. The facilities. The coaching staff. It just felt like a no-brainer.” “(Tennessee) has been recruiting me the hardest the last (several) weeks. I’m just glad to be a Vol.” Ignont said the Volunteers coaches were “all super excited” when he told them of the news, adding, “Coach (Butch) Jones told me he was the happiest man on Earth and I made their day.” He chose Tennessee out of 11 of the 14 SEC teams who had offered him, and other top schools that included Florida State, Louisville, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Penn State, and UCLA. Ignont is Tennessee’s 25th commit in the 2017 class, and moves Tennessee into the top 10 list of schools for 2017 according to 247sports.com. The Vols also have the 4th best class in the SEC currently also according to 247sports.com. Ignont was a north-of-1000 yards rusher in his sophomore season and tallied 18 touchdowns before moving to a full-time linebacker role in his junior season last year. In the 2015-16 season he recorded a whopping 91 total tackles. Coach Butch Jones will look to continue putting together this elite class of recruits for the 2017 class.
Here is the tweet where LB Will Ignont announced his commitment to Tennessee:
Vol for Life 🍊🍊🤘🏾 pic.twitter.com/D42LZ5cfs9
— RiP JiGG! (@WillIgnont) October 27, 2016
Tennessee Head Coach Butch Jones was also excited about the commitment:
— Butch Jones (@UTCoachJones) October 27, 2016