Kennesaw, Ga.--When talented linebacker prospect Chandler Wooten committed to Auburn on Friday it ended a fierce recruiting battle between the Tigers, the Tennessee Vols and the Florida Gators. Even though it was a three-team race at the end for Wooten, the 6-3, 227-pounder said for him it was a coast to the finish line because of his love for Auburn and the coaching staff on the Plains.
“Auburn has been trending with me ever since Feb. 20 when I went over there for a junior day,” Wooten tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. “That’s when they took over that number one spot. They basically let me know that I was one of their top guys and being one of my number one schools, that’s where I wanted to be.
“Coach (Travis) Williams played a big part in it and Coach (Tim) Horton, my area recruiter,” he added. “I have a great relationship with Coach (Gus) Malzahn, I’m just comfortable with the entire staff. I’m just happy going into the situation I’ll be going into because I feel like it’s a good fit for me.”
The bond with Williams is something that played a big part in Wooten’s decision and ultimately why he wants to play for the Tigers. A young coach with plenty of energy, Williams is more than just flash because of his history of playing the position at a very high level. All those things combined for Wooten made Auburn the right choice for him.
“It was humongous,” Wooten said. “He was one of the reasons why Auburn was so big for me. I definitely want to play for him and he definitely wants to coach me.
“It’s a great deal to have a coach believe in you so much and see so much potential in you,” he added. “That definitely plays a part into it. Everybody wants to go somewhere they are wanted. It’s a great situation to be in. I love Coach Williams and I look forward to building even a better relationship with him over the next couple of years.”
Right now the relationships are being built on the recruiting trail for Wooten. One of the first guys to congratulate him on his commitment was Tadarian Moultry. Choosing the Tigers recently over Alabama and Ole Miss, Moultry is a big part of the linebacker class along with Wooten and the North Cobb High standout noted it’s only the beginning.
“I’m very excited,” Wooten said. “Now you can get out there and get the guys that you want. I feel like it’s the perfect opportunity with the program and it’s going to be exciting. I can’t wait to play with some of those guys. It’s going to be a whole lot of fun.”