Senatobia (Miss.) Magnolia Heights offensive tackle Matt Womack had been committed to LSU for nearly five months when he took an official visit to Alabama. Surprising to most, he flipped his verbal pledge before leaving campus.
Tackle was a huge positional priority for the Crimson Tide this cycle, with Womack at the top of the list. Despite his verbal to an in-conference rival, Alabama never let up in their pursuit of the 6-foot-7 lineman.
"I don't know his thought process," David Womack, Matt's father, said. "He didn't tell us much, He just came out and told coach (Nick) Saban that he wanted to play for Alabama."
One key reason for Womack's pledge, according to his father, was getting to know the coaches on a more intimate level. Seeing the non-football side of the men that will be taking care of his son over the next four or five years.
"During the official you get to be around the coaches a lot more," Womack said. "So we got to see them personally. We got to see a very different side of Nick Saban that we didn't know before. Every time we saw coach Saban it was in his office and strictly business. When you get outside of that office, he's a very likable guy. He's funny. It changed my whole attitude about him."
The three-star prospect's future position coach, Mario Cristobal, also made a big impression that proved pivotal in his decision.
"Cristobal is the same way," Womack said. "He's a very likable guy. He expressed how much he really wanted Matt. He just kept showing him how much they wanted him all weekend. This afternoon, Matt told coach (Bill) Napier that he wanted to talk to coach Saban before he left and he committed to him."
The news of Womack's decision was obviously a positive one for the Tide coaching staff. In fact, when Matt made his pledge known to Saban, if left the usually stoic head coach with a wide grin on his face.
While the decision was certainly the outcome 'Bama was hoping for, it was not as a result of pressure from the coaches.
"My understanding is that it's a possibility to take two tackles," Womack said. "They didn't put a time limit on Matt's offer. Coach Napier said last night (Saturday) that they'd wait as tong as they had to. He didn't pressure him at all. Matter of fact, I don't think a single coach said anything about...are you going to commit today or anything like that."
Even better news for Alabama is Womack's decision appears to be final. In fact, he has already let his other suitors know that his recruiting process has reached its conclusion.
"It's dead," Womack said. "He informed (offensive line) coach (Jeff) Grimes at LSU and (offensive line) coach (Matt) Luke at Ole Miss that there will be no more contact. He's done."
Matt Womack is rated as the 37th best player at his position in the 2015 class.