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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Wooten Already Impressing

Talked to Michael Moore for a while on Wednesday. He said, due to position alignments, Kris Durham has spent a lot of time mentoring Marlon Brown so far this summer, and Moore has taken Georgia's other freshman receiver, Rantavious Wooten, under his wing.

While Moore raved about both freshmen, he said he's been extremely impressed by how polished Wooten already seems to be, and he has no doubt the 5-10, 170-pound freshman will make an impact.

"Wooten's going to be a playmaker," Moore said. "He's fast, he's quick, he can catch the ball. He runs some of the best routes out here already as a young guy."

(Check out video of Wooten in high school HERE.)

Similar to second-year receiver Tavarres King, size is a bit of an issue for Wooten, but it's not one Moore thinks will be too tough to overcome.

"Just keeping him healthy is going to be the No. 1 thing," Moore said. "We've got to make sure we can keep some weight on him. As long as he picks up the offense, we're going to have to find some ways to put the ball in his hands because he's pretty electric."

I also asked Moore about freshman cornerback Branden Smith, who has promised to play a bit of receiver this season, too. Moore said that hasn't happen yet during pass skels, but it's not for a lack of effort on the part of the receiving corps.

"We were joking with him just yesterday saying, ‘I thought you were supposed to play receiver. Come over with us,'" Moore said. "But he hasn't done anything like that just yet. He's concentrating on cornerback, but I'm pretty sure the coaches will put a package in for him."

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