Although Auburn football suffered a tough loss over the weekend to the top-ranked team in the nation, it was a huge recruiting success for the Tigers. Recruits from the classes of 2022-25 were on the Plains for Auburn’s biggest home game so far.
The Tigers’ recruiting class of 2022 also picked up another member following the Georgia game in offensive lineman Drew Bobo. With only 12 commits, Auburn football’s recruiting class for 2022 is ranked at the bottom of the SEC, but there’s still time to turn things around.
One of first-year head coach Bryan Harsin’s biggest challenges in taking the Auburn job is to establish himself as a recruiter and someone who can compete for players with powerhouses like Alabama and Georgia. It takes time to build recruiting relationships, but the more battles Harsin and his staff can win, the better.
Alabama commit Robert Woodyard was one of the notable visitors on the Plains for the Georgia game and despite his allegiance to the Tide, he was impressed by the loud, crazy atmosphere in Jordan-Hare Stadium. Last weekend marks Woodyard’s second trip to Auburn, as he took his official visit over the summer.
Ranked as the #7 recruit in the state of Alabama and the #13 linebacker in the class of 2022, Woodyard committed to Nick Saban’s program in June of 2020, but he’s still looking hard at Auburn football. Jason Caldwell reports that Woodyard plans to be back for this year’s Iron Bowl, which could factor into which school he ultimately chooses.
WOW! 👀 This might be the play of the night! Alabama 4⭐️ LB commit @RobertWoodyard2 strips the ball, then scoops and scores for @williamson_high! Man among boys! Play was called back because of block in the back, but he sure didn’t need any help on that one! #RollTide @matt_goins pic.twitter.com/nTJS01JeYt
— Simone Eli (@SimoneEli_TV) September 18, 2021
Flipping Robert Woodyard from Alabama to Auburn would be a huge win for Bryan Harsin, and it would definitely make a statement for a program that desperately needs a recruiting boost. Woodyard’s game continues to improve, and when it’s all said and done he could most definitely end up in orange and blue for the Tigers.