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February 5, 2014

Cairo's lone signee Wooten inks with Marshall

Reese Wooten is following in his family line.

CAIRO — Reese Wooten is following in his family line.

The Cairo senior became the third son of Ronnie and Gail Wooten to sign a college football scholarship offer when he inked his deal with Marshall on Wednesday. He joins his brothers Randy, who signed with Holmes (Miss.) Community College in 2011, and Ronnie Jr., who signed with Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College in 2008.

“I feel good about it, I’m happy,” Reese Wooten said. “I’m just ready to go and play; it’s going to be a long last semester.”

Cairo coach Tom Fallaw said Wooten brought explosiveness to the Syrupmakers offense last year, and that his wide-ranging skillset should carry over after strength development. Wooten played both sides at Cairo, but will likely remain at receiver at Marshall.

“He can bring speed and the threat of the deep ball,” Fallaw said of the 6-2, 170-pound Wooten. “Any time you have a tall receiver out wide, they can stretch you vertically. But it’s hard to compare speed here and speed there. He is a great athlete with tremendous ability. I think he’ll help, but I don’t know if it’ll be right away.”

“He’s going to have to realize that you have to have technique as well as your speed. He’s going to have to work on his route running and the top part of his routes mainly. He’ll have to get a little bit stronger and improve some practice habits because things won’t be as easy,” Fallaw said.

Wooten will likely redshirt this fall before taking on a special teams and slot receiver role in 2015, and he’s fine with that.

His parents have mixed emotions about his looming departure to the West Virginia campus. They said they’ll miss Reese from a long distance, but they’re also looking forward to solitude.

“The house is going to be very quiet,” Gail Wooten said with a laugh. “Just the grandboys when they come on the weekend.”

Wooten is Cairo’s only signee thus far this year, though Fallaw said he expects a few to trickle down in the coming months. He expects Tyler Shepherd to join the newly formed Kennesaw State team and Richard Walker to find his way to North Greenville.

Fallaw estimates that Cairo has roughly 21 former players enrolled in college football programs.

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