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Football Recruiting
Worley Makes it 22 for Meyer, Buckeyes
By Brandon Castel

COLUMBUS, Ohio — It was going to be a big recruiting weekend for the Buckeyes, one way or another.

Christopher Worley just got things started a little early.

With a number of Ohio State’s top remaining targets for the 2013 class headed to Columbus this weekend for a host of official visits, Worley decided there was no time better than the present to join what has quickly become a loaded second class for Urban Meyer.

“Chris Worley is a really good athlete,” longtime Ohio talent scout John McCallister told The-Ozone.

“He's going to get bigger and stronger. He's got really good closing speed. He's a football player.”

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound prospect out of Cleveland Glenville was considered to be an Ohio State lean, if not an Ohio State lock, throughout most of his recruitment. He also holds offers from Arkansas, Michigan State, Illinois, Pittsburgh and West Virginia, but the only real concern with Worley was his test scores.

With that in order, Worley becomes the second Glenville prospect to commit to Meyer and the Buckeyes in the last three weeks. His teammate, offensive lineman Marcelys Jones, became Ohio State’s first commitment in the class 2014.

Our own Michael Chung tabbed Worley as the most likely candidate to commit this weekend, putting odds at 90 percent that he would continue the Cleveland Glenville pipeline to Columbus.

Worley is a hard-hitting strong safety at the moment who could develop into a speedy outside linebacker, which is something this staff is really trying to develop. They want to play more base defense and less nickel in the future, but that requires guys like Worley to bulk up so they can play linebacker instead of defensive back.

“I don't know exactly where he's gonna play. He can do a lot of things. I'd probably play him at strong safety, until he outgrows it,” McCallister told The-Ozone.

“He's got good hips. He's a strong run stopper. I think he's a lot like Jermale Hines, but I really like Jermale. He probably runs better and has better hips than Jermale, but Jermale was a heck of a football player. He's not Jermale Hines yet.”

Worley will join fellow Tarblooders Christian Bryant, Marcus Hall, De’van Bogard and Cardale Jones in Columbus this fall. He is listed as a 3-star prospect by both Rivals.com and Scout.com.

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