Wormly could play on either side of the ball

A sleeper prospect that split his time last season between defensive tackle and offensive tackle, Bessemer's Mario Wormly's size alone has several schools looking at him.

Standing 6-5 and weighing in the 300-pound range, Wormly played 11 games on defense and showed a intense style that allowed him to make forward progress on every play.

Wormly finished his junior campaign at Jess Lanier with 50 tackles and 11 sacks. He is dedicated to increasing those numbers as a senior, hoping to gain the recognition he believes he deserves.

With the height and frame to play at close to 300 pounds, Wormly could end up on either offense or defense in college.

Proving his versatility, Wormly played the final two games of 2001 at offensive tackle against the likes of Hoover and Tuscaloosa County in order to free his quarterback's mind from worrying about the blindside rush.

Having been clocked at 4.90 in the 40-yard dash, Wormly has quick feet and he shows good strength when he gets his hands on the pass rusher.

Wormly is the cousin of former Auburn great, Bo Jackson (Oakland Raiders).

He has camped at Alabama and also attended the Nike Camp (Tuscaloosa) earlier this year.

Wormly bench presses 300 pounds and squats 400. He has a 2.7 GPA and will take the ACT in June.

The Bessemer native is looking for a school that stresses performance in the classroom and on the field. Currently, Wormly lists his candidates as Miami, Alabama, Syracuse, Auburn and LSU.

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