Second Fathers
Recruiting Update
National Recruiting Editor
Posted Jun 23, 2008


"I camped at LSU and it was great," Rontavious Wooten said. "I like the fans there and the coaches are great. They are like second fathers. They love to teach you and give you advice. I'm being recruited by (defensive line) coach Earl Lane and he said that I would be able to play right away there and that they would definitely get the ball in my hands." Wooten said he now slightly favors LSU.

Rontavious Wooten, the 5-foot-10, 162-pound wide receiver from Glades Central High School in Belle Glade, Fla., finished his junior season with 700 yards receiving and 700 yards rushing for 14 total touchdowns, helping lead his team to an 11-2 record.

"I have good quickness and speed," Wooten said. "I move good and can make people miss. I'm a playmaker, but I want to improve my routes and get into position better."

He benches 215-pounds, has a 35-inch vertical jump and runs the a 4.5 forty.

Wooten said he now favors LSU slightly over Miami, West Virginia, Michigan and Georgia. He's claiming all have offered as well as Auburn, Tennessee, UCF, South Florida and Rutgers, among others.

"I camped at LSU and it was great," Wooten said. "I like the fans there and the coaches are great. They are like second fathers. They love to teach you and give you advice. I'm being recruited by (defensive line) coach Earl Lane and he said that I would be able to play right away there and that they would definitely get the ball in my hands."

The only other school that Wooten has already visited is Miami. "It's only like one and half hours away," he said. "But it won't have an effect on me.

"I went to their spring game and it looked pretty good," he said. "They have some good players there, but they don't have anybody like me there. They have a lot of big wide receivers, but nobody small and fast like me.

"I think coach Randy Shannon is doing a good job," he said. "I really think they'll be a top team again."

Wooten says he won't narrow down his list until later this summer. "I think I'll have my top five by August," he said. "I probably won't make a decision until after my season.

"I'm still open though," Wooten said. "I like LSU because I've been to their camp and talked to their coaches the most and I don't really know much else about the other schools yet."

One school he hopes to learn more about is Michigan. "I love their tradition," he said. "I'm excited to see what kind of offense coach Rich Rodriguez runs next year, but I think it'll take some time to get the players he needs and get everything going there.

"But once that happens I think Michigan will be a top program for sure," he said.

Wooten also likes coach Rodriguez' former school, West Virginia. "I loved how they played the last few years under coach Rod," he admitted. "But I think they'll be able to continue. I just love their offense and how they use their receivers. They run a great offense and it would be the perfect fit for me. I'm planning on going to visit them next weekend."

Wooten also hopes to visit Georgia. "They have some of the best coaches in the country," he said. "I like how they are a top team in the SEC every year. They play well and I like how they are all about the team."

Wooten reports a 2.7 core GPA and took the ACT on June 7.



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