Auburn’s hot streak in the state of Georgia rolls on.
North Cobb High School linebacker Chandler Wooten verbally committed to Auburn during halftime of his school’s annual spring game Friday afternoon.
“For the next four years I will further my education and football career at Auburn University,” Wooten said as his father pulled a white Auburn shirt out of a bag. “War Eagle!”
Wooten didn’t even get out his future team’s rallying cry before being mobbed by his teammates. The linebacker silently committed to the school last week, but waited until the end of spring practice to publicly reveal a decision he said came down to Auburn and Tennessee.
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“About a month ago it hit me, I just felt like it was the place for me,” Wooten said. “I just felt like it was the place I needed to be, where I was just destined to be at, so that’s what I went with. I followed my heart.”
The 6-foot-2, 227-pounder, who is ranked as a 3-star prospect by 247 Sports and Rivals, is closing in on 30 scholarship offers from power five schools including Michigan State, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Mississippi State and Notre Dame.
“I feel like I fit in very well just with what they would do with me as far pass rushing, dropping back and handling people outside,” Wooten said of Auburn.
Wooten credited Auburn’s new linebackers coach Travis Williams as being a key factor in his decision. Williams watched the first half of North Cobb’s spring game from the sidelines Friday and stayed for the halftime ceremony.
“The first time I met coach Williams was just amazing,” Wooten said. “The type of man he is, the type of coach he is, I feel like as soon as I get to Auburn he’ll be a father figure for me.”
Wooten gives Auburn five 2017 verbal commits and is the second player from Georgia in the class.
Auburn has landed more prospects in the Peach State (28) since 2014 than Alabama (20). Last year, the Tigers landed two of the top five prospects (Derrick Brown, Antwuan Jackson).
Wooten is part of an effort by the defensive coaching staff to replenish the program’s depth at linebacker. Last week, Auburn received a verbal commit from four-star Jackson-Olin linebacker Tadarian Moultry.
Auburn is looking at bringing in as many four signees at the position for its upcoming recruiting class. It signed one linebacker (Tre Threat) in 2016 and is adding a graduate transfer (Illinois linebacker T.J. Neal).