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Auburn Flips Bama Commitment, Signs No. 5 ILB Robert Woodyard

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Auburn jumped 16 spots in the Rivals.com rankings on Wednesday from No. 30 to No. 14, based largely on the signing of one player – No. 5 inside linebacker Robert Woodyard of Williamson High School in Mobile, Alabama.

The fact that Woodyard was committed to Alabama from June of 2020 makes it that much sweeter.

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

Woodyard (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) is the No. 9 prospect in the state of Alabama and No. 168 overall prospect nationally.

“The University of Alabama, I want to thank them also for recruiting me,” he said. “I think the whole Alabama family – a huge thanks to them.”

First-year Auburn coach Bryan Harsin on Wednesday also added signee four-star wide receiver Camden Brown of St. Thomas Aquinas High in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Alabama’s class was not exactly harmed by the loss of Woodyard, though. It actually rose from No. 2 at the beginning of the day to No. 1, replacing Georgia, because of the signee additions of No. 5 wide receiver Shazz Preston of St. James High in St. James, Louisiana, and No. 1 defensive tackle Khurtis Perry of Pike Road High in Montgomery, Alabama.

Preston chose Alabama over LSU, while Perry picked Alabama over Auburn.

Written by Glenn Guilbeau

Guilbeau has been on the LSU beat since 1998 with multiple outlets in Louisiana, prior to that he had covered both Auburn and Alabama. He won first place for his game feature on LSU's upset at Florida last season from the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). He was also named Beat Writer of Year, by Louisiana Sports Writers Association in July; placed in three Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) categories – Beat Writer, Explanatory, Game Coverage – last spring. Guilbeau was also the FWAA first-place winner for columns in 2017 and was also the top overall winner in 2016 FWAA placing first for his game story, second in columns, and receiving honorable mention for features.

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