2023 OL Clay Wedin: “nothing will change” with Auburn’s commitment

About two weeks ago, Clay Wedin realized he had to go back to the Plains. His mother and sister had never been to the Auburn campus and he figured the first home game of head coach Cadillac Williams’ era was as good an opportunity as any. other. The Jordan-Hare Stadium did not disappoint.

“The game, the atmosphere was without a doubt the best I’ve ever seen,” Wedin told AL.com. “Just to see the fans and everybody rally around Coach Cadillac…It’s really something really special.”

Wedin, the 22nd-ranked interior offensive lineman in the Class of 2023 and part of Auburn’s 10-man recruiting class, was last on campus for LSU’s four-point loss Oct. 1. He still committed verbally two weeks later and when Bryan Harsin was fired – and among Auburn’s other two promises to OL he changed his mind – Wedin bought into Williams’ vision.

He saw the Tigers hit Texas A&M in person with 285 rushing yards. The 6-foot-6, 295-pound Tampa Carrollwood (Florida) Day slugger noted the Tigers’ ground game as a personal highlight of his trip. He spoke with some of his former scouts who remained with the team after the mid-season shakeup, namely Joe Bernardi, Will Friend and Kendall Simmons.

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On Sunday, Wedin met with Williams. Auburn’s interim head coach spoke enthusiastically about his alma mater at every turn, a selling point he knows well and, as Sports Illustrated director of recruiting John Garcia points out, a key tool on the recruiting track.

“Holding on to those verbal commitments is paramount, especially the offensive lineman. … The matienence of those should be considered whatever blue-chipers they add down the line,” Garcia said.

Wedin said it was not difficult for Williams to keep him on board. He said “nothing is going to change” with his recruitment, and he plans to put pen to paper at the start of the early signing period on December 21 in time to sign up in January.

For now, Wedin is working on his second-tier blocker and getting the ball off the defensive line, traits Wedin knows he’ll need next year with Auburn. He sparked a rushing game that is averaging 6.2 yards per carry and 167.5 total per game. He will lead the Patriots 5-3 in the playoffs against St. Petersburg Northside (Florida) Christian on November 18.

Nick Alvarez is a reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @nick_a_alvarez or email him at [email protected]

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