AUBURN, Ala. — Chandler Wooten’s second visit to The Plains in less than a week has put Auburn in the driver’s seat.
The three-star outside linebacker declared the Tigers his leader following his visit over the weekend.
“Right now, Auburn is at the top, honestly,” said Wooten, one of several prospects to attend Auburn’s Junior Day.
Wooten accompanied his high school coach to Auburn earlier in the week for a planned lunch. The last-minute visit spawned him to return a second time around with members of his family, his mother included.
“They would definitely sign off on the papers,” Wooten said.
The Kennesaw, Ga., native raved about the weekend visit — from interacting with linebackers coach Travis Williams to checking out the facilities once again.
More importantly, Wooten felt like a priority to the coaching staff. Auburn signed only one linebacker in the 2016 cycle and is likely aiming to sign three or four in 2017.
Wooten is rated as the No. 38 outside linebacker in the country and the No. 45 prospect in the state of Georgia, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
“Linebacker is a top priority for them right now,” Wooten said. “They see me playing the Sam (linebacker) position. They’re recruiting me hard right now. I’m pretty high on their board.”
Wooten plans to announce his decision before his birthday in April, though he may table his commitment announcement until later in the year. He is down to Auburn, South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee.
Wooten will return to Auburn in March.