Wooten speaks on UH visit and more

Offensive line has been one of the Cougar’s biggest weaknesses in the past several seasons. New Head Coach Tom Herman has made it a priority to improve in the trenches by flipping two highly touted offensive lineman from his first recruiting class.

One name to keep an eye on for the 2016 class is Lamar High School offensive tackle Dixie Wooten.

While Wooten only has an offer from the Houston Cougars, he says several other schools have shown interest in him.

TCU, Baylor, Texas A&M, Cal, Purdue, UCLA, Texas, Washington have shown interest in me.” said the talented offensive tackle.

Wooten says the interest in UH came about when he was originally supposed to attend another HISD high school and a current UH staff member shown interest in his tape.

“I was originally supposed to go to Sharpstown High School with my freshman year with Coach Blaclock, he was the Head Coach, and he and I were already cool. That’s when he sent the UH staff my film and everyone was impressed, and that’s when they told me to come the next day actually.” the three-star recruit said. “That’s when I came up there and I was chilling with Coach Mayes, Coach Giles, and Coach Warehime, the OL coach. I got a tour, and it was just a great experience. Then the next day I got a call from Coach Blacklock and I got offered a full ride.”

Coach Dallas Blacklock is the current Director for High School Relations for the University of Houston Football team.

Although Wooten says he didn’t catch the remarkable bowl game comeback this past season, he says he is aware of the current UH team after attending a game this past season against UNLV. He says the like the atmosphere of the campus during gamedays.

“It was just great. Everyone was happy and hype. You can tell they love the new stadium. You can tell they were ready to ride with UH because it’s in such a huge city, and everyone needs that one college team and I feel like UH is going to be that team. You see everyone talking about UH now.”

Wooten has also paid attention to Tom Herman’s offense when he was at Ohio St. He says he likes the traits of what Herman want in his offensive linemen.

“They are physical. I like the physical aspect of his offense. I really like how they get the ball out of their hands fast. I just love the physical aspect of it. They are going to run the ball down your throat.” Wooten says.

Wooten says he doesn’t pattern his game after a particular offensive tackle, but rather he studies several ones and try to take something from watching each one and what they bring to the table.

“I just get my game from a variety of tackles. I just Youtube tackles, the steps they take, the pulling steps, the zone steps, and I just play real aggressive. I don’t hold anything back. I play every game like it’s my last, because it might be my last. You never know so I just give it all, I pray before every game.” the tackle says.

Tyreik Gray, one of the runningbacks Wooten had a chance to block for as a junior had nothing but good things to say about the UH commit.

“He’s a great person. He just made everything so easy. We used to play against each other in little league. He always find a way to make everyone miss, and his breakaway speed is amazing. I never seen a player that fast. I saw him juke like five guys and huddle a person all in one play. It was great having him as a runningback.” Wooten says.


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