Alabama Football was able to flip 4-star safety Peyton Woodyard away from the Georgia Bulldogs on Tuesday. Woodyard hails from California, and had been committed to UGA since January.
Per the 247Sports Composite, he is considered a top-100 player and the no. 6 safety in the nation. He is also ranked as the ninth-best player in the loaded state of California.
While the addition of Woodyard alone is a major pickup for the Crimson Tide, it always means a little more to pluck a blue-chip prospect from an SEC foe and fellow national title contender.
Alabama Football: 2024 class coming together
Alabama still has some work to do in its 2024 recruiting class. The class currently has 16 commitments, and appears to have an emphasis on the defensive side of the ball.
The strength of the class thus far might be the secondary haul, and adding Peyton Woodyard just bolsters that group even more.
Alabama Football has verbal commitments from in-state 5-star cornerback Jaylen Mbakwe, 4-star cornerback Zabien Brown out of California, and 4-star cornerback Jameer Grimsley out of Florida. These are three of the best corners in the nation, and now Bama adds one of the country’s premier safeties.
This group will follow a 2023 secondary haul that was even more highly touted, and is already making waves on campus. Former 5-star safety Caleb Downs projects as a starter and an impact player in his true freshman season.
Fellow freshman safety Bray Hubbard and freshman cornerbacks Jahlil Hurley and Dezz Ricks all got good reps in the spring, and will be depth pieces for the Crimson Tide this fall. Freshman safety Tony Mitchell is working his way up from the bottom of the totem pole after getting in legal trouble this offseason.
Obviously, this secondary has a lot of young talent, and the Alabama Football coaching staff is building another impressive class in 2024. Peyton Woodyard gives the Crimson Tide another quality piece as signing day gradually approaches.