The Arizona Wildcats landed their first defensive lineman for the 2020 recruiting class in Sunday in Stafford (Texas) defensive end Robert Wooten.
Our original story can be found here, and below is more in-depth analysis on Wooten from Brandon Combs and Gabe Encinas.
Height/Weight: 6-foot-5, 255 pounds
School/Hometown: (Stafford, TX)
Offers: Arizona State, Arkansas, Cal, Colorado State, Houston, UConn, Kansas, Louisiana-Lafayette, North Texas, Prairie View A&M, Syracuse, Tulane, Tulsa, UNLV, Utah, Utah State, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin
2018 Stats: 79 tackles (22 for loss), 11 sacks, 3 fumble recoveries, 2 forced fumbles
Rankings (via 247 Sports): No. 575 overall, No. 21 defensive end, No. 80 player in Texas
Gabe Encinas: Kevin Sumlin comes in with a huge commitment here landing a high-end prospect out of Texas. Wooten is a pure defensive end with a great frame at 6-foot-3, 230 pounds. He’ll need to add some weight and build up some power to shed blocks but the tools are there.
His best attribute is without a doubt his speed. Wooten has a great burst off the line to get into the backfield and disrupt the play. He can play inside or out at the seven or five technique, forcing the tackle to get off-balance for a clear path to close in on the quarterback.
He is a relentless yet smart rusher, rarely over-pursuing on the play. His stats as a defensive linemen show how active he is on the edge and how much field he can cover.
He could very well be a fringe four-star prospect by the time his senior season ends and his offer list could add some elite programs that Arizona will need to fight off until the end.
Arizona has a load of defensive ends and edge rushers on the roster right now but Wooten has the skill to develop into a starter and dominate that role.
Brandon Combs: Arizona has added another fantastic piece to this class. Wooten is the type of defensive linemen that UA needs.
Coming in at 6-foot-3 and around 230 pounds, is solidly built. And much like Gabe, I agree he will need to add more good weight to his frame.
He is explosive, shooting like a cannonball at the snap and is in the backfield quick, fast and in a hurry. He also has really strong hands, grabbing onto the ball carrier and not letting go till he’s down.
But the attribute that sticks out to me is the disciplince that he shows on the football field. Much like Gabe pointed out above, he seems to rarely overpursue. He’s able to change his speed, deccelerate, and change direction on a whim. That kind of vision, discipline, and football IQ is tough to teach.
Getting Wooten on board is a huge win for Arizona. Wooten, J.B. Brown, Kwabena Watson, Eddie Siaumau, Jalen Harris, and Kylan Wilborn is a heck of a pass rushing group.