Why the Wooten Commitment Matters

ATHENS – Rantavious Wooten sat right next to Carlton Thomas in the locker room after Georgia's Homecoming win over Vanderbilt.

If the two Florida natives didn't already have enough in common they would soon enough. At the time, Wooten was still committed to LSU, but that was about to change. Like Thomas, Wooten is firecracker of a player from south Florida. The two have similar body types. They both can make players miss. Both are the type of players Georgia is missing right now – the one who can make one move and take it the distance.

That's why Wooten's commitment to Georgia is one of the most important of this signing class. Even if the Bulldogs pull an arguably more talented receiver, Marlon Brown, from Memphis, he's got the body type the Dawgs already have – tall, rangy receivers.

Don't get me wrong… I'm not ready to trade A.J. Green away for any receiver in the country. Still, there is something to be said for diversity in an offense. Playmakers are necessary to win the SEC and beyond – Wooten will provide opponents another type of weapon to think about rather than the typical Dawg receiver who wears silver britches now.

When was the last time you saw a Georgia receiver make one move, and then take it to the house? It's been a while, but Wooten can do that (Thomas can, too). Building college football programs is not always about stockpiling prototypical NFL talent. It helps, but it's not the only thing you need. Mikey Henderson was never going to play in the NFL, but he was a heck of a weapon for Georgia last season. Remember Damien Gary?

"I got a top guy in my class now," said quarterback Aaron Murray when he heard Wooten had committed. "I'm excited."

Murray should be, as should the rest of the Bulldog signal callers. Wooten gives Georgia a type of weapon they just don't have right now. While that may be a problem in the here and now it won't be one in the future if the Dawgs can hold on to Wooten.

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