In the back of Chandler Wooten’s mind, he already knows where he wants to play out his collegiate career. A handful of unofficial visits come January will only reaffirm his inkling, and his decision will follow soon after.
“I kind of know where I want to go,” Wooten told SEC Country. “I just kind of want to get it out of the way and not have to worry about it anymore.”
The three-star outside linebacker from Kennesaw, Ga., confirmed to SEC Country on Monday that he will decide between Clemson, Tennessee, Auburn and North Carolina by the end of January. Wooten plans to take an unofficial visit to each program before announcing his decision. That would mean he has only two weeks to visit four destinations, as the NCAA recruiting dead period prohibits face-to-face contact until Jan. 15.
Wooten maintains he has no pecking order, but he provided a breakdown of his relationship with each of the aforementioned schools below.
Tennessee: “The coaches are dedicated to what they do and they’re on the come up. The program is going to be very successful in the coming years.”
Clemson: “I just fell in love with the place ever since I stepped on the campus my freshman year. Ever since I was 14 years old, (defensive coordinator Brent Venables) has always stayed in contact with me. When they offered last year, I went to a couple games and toured the campus in the summer. I just fell in love with the place.”
Auburn: “As far as defense, they need players to step in early. I think I can go in there and play pretty soon.”
North Carolina: “(Defensive line coach Tray Scott) has been recruiting me very hard. Their program is also on the rise, and I can see myself playing there.”
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound junior from North Cobb High School says his decision will be final despite having a full year ahead of him before National Signing Day.
But could a prospective school come in late and change his mind following his decision? Wooten offered a pointed response.
“As far as teams coming on late, if they really wanted me they would’ve offered before I committed,” he said.
Seeing as how each program is recruiting him as a hybrid linebacker, Wooten says he’s taking into account each coaching staff and the atmosphere on campus.
He is rated as the No. 42 prospect in Georgia among 2017 recruits.