With scholarship limits in place for the next few years, Penn State has gone about recruiting a little differently lately. The Nittany Lions signed 2012 linebacker Brennan Franklin just before camp in July,
This weekend, they added a signature from former Hialeah (Fla.) standout linebacker Gary Wooten. The 2011 graduate will begin practicing with the Nittany Lions on Monday with medical clearance.
"Ted Roof called me a week or so ago to ask me about Gary," Hialeah head coach Daniel Bernard said. "He told me that they were going to start pursuing Gary and offer him a scholarship."
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Wooten primarily played defensive end his senior year at Hialeah and totaled 72 tackles, 12 sacks, and two fumble recoveries.
"He's about 20 pounds heavier than when he played for us but he can definitely move and really likes to get after the ball," Bernard said. "He has a motor where he keeps going. If you watch his film, you can see he pursues the ball until the whistle blows."
Wooten had offers from Washington State, Arkansas, Eastern Michigan, FIU, FAU, and UMass. On signing day in 2011, he was set to sign with either Eastern Michigan or UMass, but his family wanted him to stay closer to home, so he chose not to sign.
Wooten did not attend prep school or play anywhere in 2011. He still has five years to play four.