Many times over the years, Clemson and Auburn have gone head to head in recruiting top prospects in the state of Georgia. One of those battles on-going is for DE Colby Wooden of Lawrenceville. On August 16th at his school, the day before his season opener, he will become a Tiger. At this point, he’s uncertain which color his stripes will be.Wooden has visited each school about five times. His most recent stop at Clemson was for the spring game in April and he said the coaches and players have made him feel highly comfortable.
“Just the whole coaching staff as well as the environment,” Wooden said. “I enjoy Death Valley every time I’m up there. The coaches definitely know what they are talking about as well as the players. I got a chance to be around the players and they are energetic and fun.”
Wooden is a versatile defensive end who can rush the passer, stop run and drop back in coverage. All of that, he said, has been noted by the Clemson defensive coaches.
“Coach Venables and coach Lemanski Hall think that I do well at rushing the passer and I fit their system,” Wooden said. “It’s good being versatile and being able to play the run, play the pass and dropping back a little bit.”
Wooden was last at Auburn as recent as June 2nd. He also visited there in April and February. He likes both staffs and is comfortable at both schools and that will make for a difficult decision.
“Just the feel and how I feel and talking it over with my family, seeing which school fits me best and gives me the opportunity to compete,” Wooden said.
Clemson also is in position to possibly land two of his teammates in defensive backs Andrew Booth and Jalyn Phillips. Booth has not said when he will announce while Phillips is set to go public with his decision on August 20th.