On Saturday, Marble Falls (Texas) 2016 quarterback Brennen Wooten had a strong showing in the Lake Travis 7on7 Regional Qualifying Tournament. Though the Mustangs' were knocked out, Wooten led his team to a 2-1 finish in early pool play, made more impressive considering that Marble Falls didn't have traditional spring football.
With former head coach Todd Dodge leaving the program in early May to take over at Austin Westlake, Wooten and his teammates are just beginning to work with new head coach Matt Green to implement a new offense.
"We haven't started the process, but hopefully we get to it this week and we'll see how it goes. 7on7 is our spring practice. We obviously didn't get to be in pads this spring, so we really have to buckle down for 7on7 and this is where we get to practice," he said.
"I've been very blessed to be able to be recruited so early in this process, so I'm just taking it day by day."
The Mustangs will continue their quest for a bid to July's state championship tournament at two more regional qualifiers: River City, held in two weeks in San Antonio, and Westlake, the following weekend.
Wooten, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound prospect, is coming off of a solid sophomore year, his first as the Mustangs' starting quarterback.
"Last year was big for me in terms of growth. I feel so much more confident playing on this team. I think my strengths on the field are my football IQ, ability to read a defense, and footwork, like being able to escape out of the pocket or being able to move one step to make a throw.
"But I feel like there's so much I can still improve on, even though I had a pretty good sophomore season," he said.
"It's a blessing for sure. This summer is going to be big for me, but I've been very blessed to be able to be recruited so early in this process, so I'm just taking it day by day," he said.
Other programs could potentially be close to offering, and this summer will give Wooten a chance to show off his skills in front of coaches in a camp setting.
"I camped at Baylor, and I'll be going to Texas for the Elite Quarterback Academy. I also plan to camp at Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas A&M, and Boise State. I think Texas could maybe offer this summer; I've also been hearing a lot from Texas Tech and OU," he said.
For those curious as to what program Wooten grew up watching, his answer may surprise.
"I actually didn't grow up rooting for a specific school. I'm just a big fan of great quarterbacks; I'm a big Tom Brady fan. I watch him; I think he's the best. That's who I like," he said.
Aside from camps, Wooten is looking ahead to his junior season and is working to improve his game from last fall.
"I'm focusing on my accuracy and my footwork; footwork is probably the biggest deal for a quarterback, so that's what I want to work on," he said.