Kenney Wooten is not one to follow the path set by family members.
As a high school senior at Meridian, Miss., he was all set to attend East Mississippi Community College where his brother Antoinne Adkins but things didn’t feel right.
“So I committed to go to Itawamba,’’ he said. “I had offers from every junior college in Mississippi.”
The day after he committed to Arkansas State on an unofficial visit, he received messages from UL-Lafayette, where his brother had also played. Wooten is on course to graduate in December so he can participate in spring practice in 2017.
“I have found where I want to play,’’ he said.
On campus for the first time on Friday, Wooten, a 6-foot-1, 235-pound defensive specialist committed to the Red Wolves.
“I just felt comfortable,’’ he said. “I talked to the coaches, I liked the campus and the facilities. It all seemed cool.”
The Red Wolves are the first and only offer for Wooten, who is expected to play defensive end when he arrives in Jonesboroin nine months.
“They told me they want me at end and I will need to gain some weight,’’ he said. “But I expect to gain weight when I get to Jonesboro.”
Like in high school, Wooten has played end and outside linebackers at Itawamba.
“It doesn’t really matter to where I play,’’ he said. “I just want to get sacks. They told me they brought me here to rush.”
Last season he played in 10 games Wooten had 18 tackles, 2.5 sacks and five tackles for loss. He also had a forced fumble.
Luke Paschall was the lead recruiter on Wooten, who said he also had been in conversation with Southern Miss and ULL.