Top247 senior linebacker Will Ignont of Buckhorn High School in New Market, Ala., announced on his Twitter account Wednesday night that he has committed to Tennessee.
The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Ignont chose the Vols over LSU and UCLA, along with scholarship offers from at least 20 other schools, less than two weeks after he visited Tennessee for the first time to attend its home game Oct. 15 against top-ranked Alabama.
“It was great. I fell in love with it,” Ignont told GoVols247 last week following his trip to Tennessee. “It was nice. I just liked the campus and the coaching staff, and Coach (Butch) Jones, he’s real cool.”
He gave the Vols their 25th known commitment and their fourth from a projected linebacker, joining three-star prospects Jaquan Henderson of Covington, Ga., Solon Page III of Marietta, Ga., and Mo Burnam of Conyers, Ga.
Tennessee extended an early offer to Ignont more than a year and a half ago, and he said last week that the Vols “were recruiting me pretty hard” in the early stages of his recruitment. But they weren’t heavily involved with him for months until they reached back out to him earlier this month, just days before he traveled to Knoxville.
The visit to Tennessee quickly made the Vols one of the teams to beat for Ignont.
“(I liked) just how nice the facilities were and just how cool everybody was, as far as the fans,” he said last week. “I’ve been to a lot of SEC schools, ACC – I’ve been all over the country – and Tennessee’s campus is, like, one of the prettiest I’ve seen. …
“They were just telling me that I could come in and play, and (linebackers) coach (Tommy) Thigpen thinks I’m one of the best linebackers in the country – one of the top linebackers – and that I can definitely come in and play, but I’m going to have to work hard. But I can definitely come in and get a starting spot.”
Ignont is ranked the nation’s No. 206 overall prospect and No. 9 inside linebacker in the 247Sports Composite for the 2017 class.