2012 Bucknuts Top 50: No. 1 Chris Wormley


Toledo Whitmer’s Chris Wormley

The last two weeks, we have had the first nine installments of The
Bucknuts 50 for 2012. This is where we track the top 50 football
prospects in Ohio. Today we conclude it with No. 1…


The annual JJHuddle Top 200 Ohio High School Football Players and positional rankings will be released in June in the 2011 Ohio High School Football Preview.
In May, we will release (over the course of three weeks) extensive
lists of “Players to Watch” at each position. These lists will contain
players that will be included in the Top 200 and many others that will
make headlines in the Fall. Until then, enjoy the Bucknuts Top 50. And
don’t be surprised if the lists differ…


The last two weeks, we have had the first nine installments of The
Bucknuts 50 for 2012. This is where we track the top 50 football
prospects in Ohio.

These rankings were established by Mark Porter of ScoutingOhio.com and Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts.com.

We plan to update the rankings in July as we recap all of the summer
camp and combine developments. Finally, we will update the rankings in
early December after the conclusion of the Ohio high school season.

Today, we wrap up the countdown with the player ranked No. 1 in
the state for 2012. We also have a hyperlink to his video page on

1. Chris Wormley, defensive end, Toledo Whitmer

* The Skinny — After a very good sophomore season defensive end Chris Wormley (Toledo, Ohio/Whitmer) was even better as a junior. In fact Wormley was spectacular.

The 6-foot-5 and 254-pound Wormley, who runs the 40-yard dash in
4.7 seconds, made 90 tackles including 12 sacks last season and was
named first-team All-Ohio in Division I. Wormley teamed with senior
defensive end and Ohio State signee Kenny Hayes to form a dynamic duo on each side of the Whitmer defensive line.

Wormley and Hayes played huge roles as Whitmer finished with a
12-2 record, with one of the two losses coming in the playoffs to
eventual state champion Lakewood St. Edward.

As one would expect, Wormley is accumulating an impressive list
of scholarship offers. It is a list that includes Ohio State, Michigan,
Michigan State, Illinois and Notre Dame.

However, in the end the battle for Wormley’s services will come
down to the Buckeyes and Wolverines. Wormley and his parents have long
been Michigan fans, but Jim Tressel and his staff offered Wormley a scholarship early and have done an excellent job recruiting the Whitmer star.

Hayes is making his pitch for the Buckeyes as well.

“Kenny talks to me pretty much every day about going to Ohio
State,” Wormley said. “Ohio State and Michigan are at the top of my
list. They are definitely No. 1 and No. 2, but I’m not sure which one is
No. 1.”

Wormley and his parents have visited both schools and plan to get
back to each before selecting a college. Wormley is in no hurry to
select a college and probably won’t do so before the summer.

“I’ll probably start to figure out who I have on top sometime
this summer,” Wormley said. “I’m not sure right now when I’ll pick a

One thing that seems almost certain is that when Wormley does make his decision, it will be either Ohio State or Michigan.

* Mark Porter Comment — “When I go to scout football
games, my wife comes with me to take pictures of the top prospects.
When we scouted Chris Wormley, my wife picked him out as one of the best
players in Ohio after about five plays. The only thing my wife was
wrong about that night was Chris Wormley was not a senior like my wife
assumed, he was only a freshman.

“If you get a chance to see Wormley in person, he already has the
look of half the defensive linemen in the NFL. Sometimes you don’t
have to know much about football to see that a prospect was given a
little bit more talent than everyone else. Wormley literally makes
playing high school football easy. Blessed with long arms and great
leverage, he is unblockable because people can’t get into his body to
attack him.

“Wormley has such great feet and speed, he can avoid blockers and
run around them when needed. For three years, he has dominated high
school football games and going into 2011 he should be the odds on
favorite to win defensive player of the year. The only way he does not
win that honor is if opponents run away from him the entire year, a task
that’s not as easy as it sounds. If Wormley reaches his potential in
college, he could be an NFL first-round pick with the skill set he


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