Wayne DT showing he’s a ‘Worthy’ prospect


Jerel Worthy
One of the intriguing prospects at Sunday's Ohio State advanced camp was Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne defensive tackle Jerel Worthy. Worthy, an Ohio High top-50 prospect, talks about his day at Ohio State as well as what other schools he is considering and visiting this month.

Huber Heights Wayne defensive tackle Jerel Worthy was among roughly 225 prospects on hand for Ohio State’s first senior advanced camp this past Sunday.


Worthy (6-2, 285, 4.88) already has a handful of scholarship offers, including Ohio U., Marshall, Cincinnati, Nebraska and Akron.


“I thought it was great,” Worthy said of the OSU camp. “I thought the camp was run very well. The coaches were intense and hyped up. I think their coaches are pretty cool.


“My thing, I think I did pretty well. I know I could have done better. My overall performance, I think I did well. I have no regrets about it. The coaches seemed to be pretty satisfied.”


Worthy talked about the chance to work with OSU defensive coordinator/line coach Jim Heacock.


“He’s the man,” Worthy said. “Coach Heacock is the man. He taught me a lot going through the drills. He taught me a lot of technique. I was just glad to be able to work with a guy like that. Hopefully, I impressed him by my performance.”


Worthy played this past fall with defensive back Donnie Evege, who graduated early from Wayne and enrolled at OSU this past winter.


“Donnie said everything is at a fast pace up there,” Worthy said. “I talked to Donnie while I was there and he says it is fun. They come up with certain types of games to get the conditioning drills in, but it doesn’t seem like conditioning.”


Worthy was joined at the OSU camp by Wayne teammates Troy Gilmer, Stephen Curtis and David Dick. Gilmer and Curtis are each running backs, while Dick is a defensive tackle.


Worthy said he is pulling for an offer from OSU so he can join Evege with the Buckeyes.


“I feel that would definitely be my top school if they do offer,” he said. “It is an hour away and my family wouldn’t have to go too far to watch me play.”


Worthy was due to attend camp at Cincinnati on Tuesday, Nebraska on Thursday and Marshall on Saturday.


“I know that’s a lot of traveling,” said Worthy, who holds a 2.6 GPA. “I want to hit the Michigan area and see Michigan State. I also want to go down to West Virginia and I think might do Tennessee as well.”

Here are Duane Long’s comments from the May 2007 edition of Ohio High magazine on Jerel Worthy, ranked 42nd on the list of the top 112 prospect list for 2008: 

One of those players I saw late in the process who shook up my list is Worthy.

He is a real force in the middle of the line and does a good job of playing with his pads low and balanced. Moving Worthy is a real chore. He takes on blockers very well and gets off of them consistently. He has the build of a nose tackle but has the game of a three-technique tackle. Worthy is tough at the point of attack and could play the nose but I think he is at his best attacking. He comes off the ball like a shot and shows good speed once through the line of scrimmage.


On one sack, Worthy was on the quarterback so fast that even though the passer had made it into his drop he could do nothing but make sure he did not fumble the ball. Worthy impressed me later with his football smarts diagnosing a screen pass early enough to make the tackle in the backfield. Most high school lineman are not going to recognize that play until the ball is gone.


Worthy has a serious motor and if he were a little bigger he would be another 20 spots higher on this list.

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