If Ohio State is going to tap into the Glenville pipeline for the 12th consecutive season, junior Chris Worley is the leading candidate to keep it going.
If Ohio State is going to tap into the Glenville pipeline for the
12th consecutive season, junior Chris Worley is the leading candidate to
keep it going.
like Class of 2012 Ohio State signee Devan Bogard of the Tarblooders,
the 6-2 1/2, 190-pound Worley fits the same linebacker/safety hybrid
mold. Unlike Bogard, Ohio State has yet to offer.
“A lot of schools are on me like North Carolina State, Iowa,
Illinois, Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, Minnesota, Northwestern,
Toledo and Kent,” Worley said. “West Virginia offered me. Arkansas
offered me. Bowling Green offered me.”
Credit the Arkansas offer to Taver Johnson’s arrival as an
assistant on staff. Johnson, who followed Paul Haynes from Columbus to
Arkansas, continues to recruit the same Ohio area he did when with the
Buckeyes. Johnson built close relationships with the Glenville coaching
“(Johnson is) a good guy,” said Worley, who has been clocked at
4.7 in the 40, reportedly has a 3.0 GPA and is studying to take the next
ACT test in April. “He’s trying to have a good recruiting class there.
He seems like he wants me bad.”
Thus far, Worley has visited only two schools, attending junior days at Ohio State and Bowling Green.
“Ohio State’s [junior day] was great,” Worley said. “I liked how
they care so much about school and it’s not just football, football,
football there. I like the tradition, the coaching staff is great and
Urban Meyer is a cool dude. I like Coach Everett (Withers) and Coach
(Stan) Drayton, the whole nine. And I like the weight room trainer
(Mickey Marotti) too. It just feels like home there.”
Worley had a chance to sit down with Meyer.
“It was basically just to get to know me and he told me that he
liked my film and that he’d get back in contact with me,” Worley said.
“It left me a little speechless. How often do you have a chance to sit
down with Urban Meyer or Jim Tressel or those types of guys? I was with
my mom and my dad and they were really impressed. I feel like I will get
an (Ohio State) offer sooner or later. As long as I just take care of
my responsibilities and I just pray to God it will happen for me.”
Some recruiting cycles see multiple Tarblooders sign with Ohio
State. But for the Class of 2013, that is highly unlikely. If he does
receive an offer, Worley would be the only Tarblooder so chosen.
“Coach Meyer was saying that he’s real familiar with Glenville
and he loves Coach Ginn and he loves what he’s doing with us,” Worley
said. “But he brought it back to he wants to get to know me and my game a
Which means Worley is focusing on putting together a stellar
senior season. He is prepared to play multiple positions on defense for
Glenville in his last go-round as a Tarblooder.
“I’ll be playing linebacker against many of the teams but I
talked to Coach Ginn and he said they’re going to be putting in a stack
defense and I’ll be playing some safety,” Worley said. “So I’ll be doing
a little bit of both at safety and linebacker actually.”
Which begs the question: What position will Worley end up at when he reaches the college level?
“It all depends on the school I end up with,” Worley said. “If
they need me to play linebacker I can play it 110-percent and if they
need me to play safety I can play it 110-percent. I’ll do whatever they
need me to do.”
But will one of the schools making that decision be Ohio State?
It sounds like if the Buckeyes offer, it would make a serious impact.
“If it works out that way then that’ll be great,” Worley said.
“My mom and dad will be happy and they won’t have to go that far. But we
have to see what happens.”