Tennessee added one of its highest-ranked commitments so far in the 2017 class on Wednesday evening.
Consensus four-star linebacker Will Ignont of New Market, Ala., committed to the Vols, giving them their 25th commitment in the 2017 class, as well as their third linebacker in that group.
Ignont, who recorded 109 tackles as a junior last season, chose Tennessee over a loaded offer list that includes Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, LSU and others. The Vols, who have commitments from Mo Burnam and Solon Page at the linebacker position in the 2017 class, have seen the need for increased depth at linebacker after a rash of injuries hit the position this year.
Ignont (6-1, 236) is a versatile player who plays primarily inside linebacker for his high school squad, but also doubles as one of the team’s running backs, projects as a middle (Mike) linebacker in UT’s system.
Tennessee has regularly been forced to utilize backups this season after losing Jalen Reeves-Maybin, Cortez McDowell, Darrin Kirkland Jr. and Quart’e Sapp for varying lengths of time. Reeves-Maybin could elect to apply for a fifth year of eligibility, but very well could move on after this season. Kenny Bynum is the only other scholarship linebacker scheduled to move on, while contributors Colton Jumper, McDowell and Elliott Berry will all be seniors in 2017.