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Lions add Florida linebacker

August 20, 2012
The Altoona Mirror

Even a couple of weeks into fall practice, the Penn State football team continues to add to its 2012 football recruiting class, and, again, the Nittany Lions are going outside of their traditional recruiting area to build up depth on the defense.

After the Lions landed Phoenix, Ariz. all-state linebacker Brennan Franklin late last month, Hialeah, Fla. outside linebacker Gary Wooten committed to Penn State on Sunday, it was first reported by Lions247 and later confirmed by BlueWhite Illustrated's website.

Wooten is slated to join the team today.

Wooten actually was a Class of 2011 prospect who sat out last year. Among the colleges that were recruiting him Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Washington State, Florida International, UMass, Eastern Michigan and Florida Atlantic according to internet sources, and Miami might have gotten involved late. He was considered a three-star prospect.

Lion defensive coordinator Ted Roof was familiar with Wooten and initiated Penn State's contact.

Wooten played defensive end in high school at 6-foot-3, 198 pounds but has put on 20 pounds over the last year. Having excellent speed for his position, he made 72 tackles, 12 sacks and two fumble recoveries as a senior.

- Philip Cmor

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