Auburn football flips 4-star Bama LB commit Robert Woodyard

Auburn footballAlabama Crimson Tide wide receiver John Metchie III (8) turns up field after making a catch during the Iron Bowl at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. Alabama Crimson Tide defeated Auburn Tigers 24-22 in 4OT.
Auburn footballAlabama Crimson Tide wide receiver John Metchie III (8) turns up field after making a catch during the Iron Bowl at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. Alabama Crimson Tide defeated Auburn Tigers 24-22 in 4OT. /
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Auburn football’s first-year head coach Bryan Harsin and his staff have made leaps and bounds on the recruiting trail this week, adding multiple commits to the recruiting class of 2022 and propelling the class higher in national rankings.

Arguably no commit this week has been more important than 4-star linebacker Robert Woodyard. The Mobile native has been committed to the Alabama Crimson Tide since June of 2020, and for the first time since 2014, Auburn football was able to flip a Bama commit and bring him to the Plains.

Securing the commitment of Woodyard is a huge achievement for Harsin in his first true year of recruiting for Auburn football. With just one season under his belt, the head coach was able to draw a commit away from Nick Saban and turn him into the Tigers’ most highly-ranked signee in the 2022 class.

Woodyard is currently ranked as the #11 linebacker in the country and the #6 recruit out of the state of Alabama. The 4-star is only the most recent player to come to the Plains from Williamson High School, following behind Roger McCreary, Antonio Coleman, and Nick Fairley, per AL.com:

"“It was just the best fit for me,” Woodyard said. “I think I’m the best fit for Auburn.”"

Harsin and the staff were able to flip Woodyard after they got the linebacker on campus for both an official visit and Big Cat Weekend over the summer in addition to hosting the prospect for multiple games in Jordan-Hare Stadium this season. Finally, their hard work is paying off.

This is exactly the type of message that Bryan Harsin and Auburn football need to be sending out to recruits heading into the early signing period, and we can only expect more good news as the day goes on.

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