The secret is out for Chandler Wooten, one of the top college football prospects out of Georgia.
The 3-star linebacker from North Cobb High School committed to Auburn over Tennessee, among others, at halftime of his spring game on Friday evening.
Wooten recently admitted to reporters that he had “secretly committed” to an undisclosed school, and most people guessed Auburn because Wooten had publicly declared the Tigers as his leader earlier this spring.
Auburn also had an inside connection because Wooten’s former North Cobb teammate, quarterback Tyler Queen, signed with the Tigers a couple of years ago. Tyler’s father, Shane Queen, is Chandler’s head coach at North Cobb.
Tennessee was the strongest contender with Auburn for Wooten.
What does this mean for Auburn? It will hopefully be a big boost in recruiting for the Tigers, which are off to a slow start with their 2017 recruiting class. Some of it may have to do with Auburn coming off a disappointing 7-6 season. Wooten is commitment No. 5 for the class, following last week’s decision of TD Moultry, a 4-star linebacker from Birmingham.
The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Wooten is rated as one of the nation’s top 30 outside linebackers.
North Cobb's Chandler Wooten (LB) announces verbal commitment to Auburn during halftime of team's spring game pic.twitter.com/VF57sjRPTK
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In apparent reaction to the news, Tigers offensive line coach Herb Hand took to Twitter to celebrate.
— Herb Hand (@CoachHand) May 13, 2016