Kennesaw, Ga.--The Auburn Tigers continued their big week on the linebacker recruiting front when 6-3, 227 Chandler Wooten chose Gus Malzahn’s program over Tennessee and Florida during North Cobb High’s spring game on Friday night.
Wooten becomes the second linebacker in seven days to commit to the Tigers, joining four-star Tadarian Moultry out of Jackson-Olin High in Birmingham.
Much like Moultry, one of Wooten’s biggest reasons for choosing Auburn was because of his relationship with the coaching staff. Getting an early offer from the Tigers last summer and building that bond with the coaches, Wooten said the Tigers have been there since the beginning and he likes that.
“I have always have a deep affection for Auburn since they came into the picture last summer,” Wooten said. “I have a former teammate there (Tyler Queen) which helps out a great deal. I love Coach T Will and Coach (Tim) Horton and Coach (Kevin) Steele.
“I talk to Coach Malzahn on a regular basis so I have a good relationship with all of the coaches. I just like the way I would fit in there defensively and the way I fit in there off the field as well academically. It’s just a good fit for me.”
His bond with Williams in particular is something that pushed Auburn over the top in the race for Wooten. Talking almost daily throughout the process, Wooten said getting to see Williams coach up Auburn’s linebackers this spring and the energy he brought to the field only solidified the Tigers in his mind.
“That’s somebody I would definitely want to play for,” he said of Williams. “He’s in command of his linebackers. He’s very energetic. That’s somebody I would definitely want to play for so I like his coaching style.”