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Penn State Adds Another Late 2012 Commitment, Gary Wooten


Much like the addition of Arizona linebacker Brennan Franklin to the 2012 recruiting class, the Penn State staff has now added another linebacker to that recruiting class. By the way, I know I’m a little late on this…I was trying to get the details because it’s a bit confusing.

Florida’s Gary Wooten took an untraditional path to college football, but his services will be appreciated greatly by the Penn State faithful. After graduating in 2011, Wooten was set to enroll at college last summer. However, do to either his grades, or his family wanting him to stay closer to home, things fell through and Wooten sat out the entire 2011 season from football. I read that he qualified academically, but it was late. If that was the case, it shouldn’t have held him out for the season. I’m inclined to believe it was more of a family issue.

Gary is a Miami product who was rated as a three star player by Rivals. He played defensive end in high school at 6-foot-3, 198 pounds and recorded 72 tackles and 12 sacks as a senior. He has apparently added 20 pounds to that frame in the last year and is projected as an outside linebacker/ hybrid DE in Ted Roof’s defense.

Wooten was originally offered scholarships by Western Michigan, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Washington State and Arkansas. Roof was familiar with Wooten from his time at Auburn and Central Florida.

His FILM shows a kid with a terrific motor who never quits on a play. Make sure to check out the 1:20 mark where he runs down the running back from behind. That’s impressive speed.

This commitment is significant as Penn State technically now took three linebackers in the class of 2012: Nyeem Wartman, Brennan Franklin and now Gary Wooten. With the scholarship limit of 15 this year, this linebacker depth allows them to focus on other positions for the class of 2013. Wooten is expected to enroll this week and begin practicing.

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  • Willie Green

    Wartman, Franklin & Wooten make for a very solid set of linebackers for this class. With Ron Vanderlinden’s tutelage and Craig Fitzgerald’s conditioning, these 3 will certainly help us proudly maintain our reputation as Linebacker U.

    • Chris Chuff

      Completely agree. They are all different types of players too. Wooten is a pass rusher, Brennan Franklin run stopper, and Wartman balanced. This is a great addition.