Alabama linebacker commit Robert Woodyard has a new high school coach, but it didn’t take the coach long to find a comparison to the big-time defender.

The coach, Melvin Pete Jr., said Woodyard ranks among the best players he’s coached or seen in his career.

“I’ve come from a background with the Robert Braziles and people like that,” Pete said, per “I rank him up there as well. I’m looking for big things when he goes to the next level.”

Brazile was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018, and was known during his playing days as “Dr. Doom.” According to his Hall of Fame bio, Brazile was a preeminent linebacker in the NFL during a career that spanned from 1975 to 1984 with the Houston Oilers. A consensus All-American at Jackson State, he was drafted by the Oilers in the first round (sixth player overall) of the 1975 NFL Draft. He lived up to the high expectations and was named to multiple All-Rookie teams and earned Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.

“Exactly,” Pete said. “Robert is that special. He thrives on competition. He doesn’t like to lose. He makes all the guys around him that much better.”

Mostly, it’s the athleticism that stands out.

“He brings so much to the table,” Pete said at Mobile County Media Days last week. “On offense, he thinks he is wide open every play. He wants the ball every time. On defense, you can tell a difference just in his speed to the football.”

Here are his highlights from Hudl: