Wooten High on USC

Like many young people, Gardena (Calif.) Serra defensive back Patrick Wooten would like to get away from home and spend his college years in a new environment. That is unless he gets an offer from his dream school, USC.

Like many young people, Gardena (Calif.) Serra defensive back Patrick Wooten would like to get away from home and spend his college years in a new environment.

That is unless he gets an offer from his dream school, USC.

"That would mean a lot. Ever since I was young I wanted to go to SC," said Wooten, who transferred to Serra from Los Angeles Jordan last year along with touted corner Raymond Ford. "I don't know, I want to leave California but I think I would go. I couldn't pass that up.

"Me and Raymond are trying to go to the same school, so if we get the offers from SC, we might go there."

Wooten is hearing from several schools including USC, Arizona, Oregon State, Miami and Northwestern, but does not yet have any offers.

"They want to see me this summer because I played linebacker but I'm transitioning to strong safety. They're going to wait and see what I look like. I've been working hard," said Wooten, who showcased his skills at the Elite QB Academy organized by his former head coach at Jordan, Elijah Asante, this past weekend.

Wooten is planning to camp with the Trojans, Wildcats and Hurricanes.

After recording 77 tackles, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one interception for the Cavaliers last season, Wooten credits the Serra staff and his teammates for helping raise his level of play.

"We've got good coaches over there and they don't give us a break," Wooten said. "When you're around good players like (USC-bound receivers) Marqise (Lee) and George (Farmer), you have no choice but to be good.

"Now it's up to me and Ray to come hold it down for them."


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