5 Star DE Committed, but Looking Hard

The Alabama coaches are still in hot pursuit for five star defensive lineman, Doug Worthington, from Athol Springs, New York. Though Worthington is currently committed to Ohio State, he is keeping his options open and the Tide could be a team to beat.

"Coach Shula and Coach Randolph visited with me yesterday. The visit went very well. Coach Randolph is the most down to earth coach that I have ever talked to. I really like Coach Shula. He is a young coach. My dad bonded very well with both of them. I give Coach Shula a lot of credit. He was the first head coach to come and visit with me, since my official visits," said Doug Worthington.

Rated as the third best defensive end by Scout.com, Worthington has a lot of good things to say about the Crimson Tide.

"Alabama is great. I have looked at their depth chart. I feel like if I go there, I would make a big impact as a freshman. Alabama is my type of defensive school. The academics are up to par. When I went on my visit, it was a very nice trip."

This past weekend, Worthington was in Gainesville for his official visit with Florida.

"It was really good. It was a fun visit. Brandon Siler was my player host. He showed me a great time."

Worthington is committed to Ohio State, but knows he wants to evaluate all of his options before making a decision non where to spend the next four or five years of his life.

"I love Ohio State. I wouldn't have committed to them so early, if I did not want to go there. I have talked to Coach Tressel. He has told me everything should be fine, but they were going to have to fight back. I know if something happens, I will have something to fall back on," said Worthington.

Worthington has a couple of schools under consideration.

"I do like Alabama and Florida a lot. I love both defensive line coaches. Both schools have young head coaches. I have known Coach Randolph (Alabama) a lot longer. I usually talk to him more than once a week. I also really like Coach Madison (Florida). I know Florida has a lot of defensive lineman, and Alabama is pretty thin on the defensive line. I know I will have competition wherever I go, but I feel like I would have the best opportunity to play early, if I went to Alabama."

One other school was considered a possibility, but Worthington does not believe it is the best place for him.

"I have always like Wisconsin, but it's very cold. It's Buffalo away from Buffalo. It may just be a little too cold for me. I know Ohio State is cold, but it's not that cold. Alabama and Florida speak for themselves. They are in the southeast, and it's pretty warm down there," said Worthington.

The five star lineman will take this weekend to relax. He will decide between two schools to visit next weekend. After that, a final decision could be known.

"I am going to take a break this weekend. I will go back at it next weekend. I will either visit Boston College or Notre Dame. I will probably make my decision a few days before signing day. If I don't have a decision, I might just flip a coin (laugh)."

Before Worthington was available for an interview, he was out dominating on the basketball court.

"We had a good win tonight. We are now a 8-6 on the year. I had 26 points, 16 rebounds, four steals, and three assists."

This week, coaches from Alabama, Boston College, Florida, and Ohio State have made in-home visits.


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