February 14, 2012

Worley has 'great' visit to Ohio State

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The Glenville pipeline has certainly been good to the Ohio State football program over the years as the inner-city Cleveland school has sent nearly 20 prospects to Columbus over the last dozen years. In the 2013 class, Glenville's top prospect is likely safety/linebacker Christopher Worley. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound prospect was at Ohio State's junior day on Sunday and got plenty of individual attention from the coaching staff.

"It was great," said Worley. "We toured the campus and got to meet the coaches. I got to sit down and speak with coach (Urban) Meyer and coach Everett Withers. Coach Withers said he wanted me to come down for a spring practice and to come to camp and get a better look at me."

Worley plays linebacker for Glenville but his speed and athleticism also make him an intriguing safety prospect. With that in mind, it comes as no surprise where the Ohio State staff has projected the versatile prospect.

"When I talked to coach Withers, he talked to me about coming in at the STAR position," Worley said. "That's like the linebacker/safety hybrid position."

Worley has drawn early comparisons to class of 2012 Ohio State signee De'van Bogard with his ability to get sideline-to-sideline and his knack for the big hit. Worley has clearly embraced the comparison between the two players.

"Me and De'van go at it every day in practice," he said. "I know how hard he works and for me to be considered like him is nice. I still want to be better than him, though."

The recruiting process hasn't totally taken off yet for Worley but the athletic defender is hearing from several BCS conference programs and recently grabbed his first offer.

"Arkansas, Bowling Green, Ohio State, Michigan State, Illinois, West Virginia, Michigan, and Northwestern are (showing interest)," he explained. "Bowling Green has offered me and I'm really close to an offer from Arkansas."

Though more offers are sure to come, getting that first one on the board is always a big step.

"Oh yeah, it was exciting," Worley said. "I got to sit down with the coaches and I was at their junior day and they offered me."

Even with the Glenville pipeline to Ohio State, Worley said he isn't thinking about any favorites and is just taking everything in stride.

"I'm just taking in the recruiting process right now," he said. "I'm trying to focus on my grades and on getting bigger, faster, and stronger."


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