Worthy is headed to Arizona

Jeff Worthy committed to Arizona on Saturday morning. Read on to find out about why he committed, his process, and more.

The Arizona Wildcats added yet another player to their 2014 recruiting class on Saturday morning when Santa Ana (Calif.) defensive tackle Jeff Worthy committed to play in Tucson.

The junior college transfer had Arizona at the top of his list when he finished his unofficial visit this past weekend, but still had a process to go through before committing.

"For my process, I wanted to go and meet the coaches, which I did last weekend," he said. "I think the coaches are great. They have their goals and know what they want to do. Their goal is to win the Rose Bowl and I think we can do that.

"I'm going to be one of the older guys that is going to come in and be able to share my experience with some of the younger guys. I think we are going to have a great team."

After his visit was over, Worthy still wanted to discuss a few things with his family before he was ready to make the decision.

"I came home from the visit and talked with my mom and grandparents and let them know that I loved everything about it," Worthy said. "They had some questions and I answered them right away. That was mainly due to Matt Dudek, the recruiting coordinator, for explaining everything up front to me.

"They don't have anything to hide and they have nice things going on at Arizona. I want to be a part of that."

Even though he wanted to talk things over before committing, the defensive lineman knew where he wanted to be during the unofficial visit.

"I think I knew right after the tour was over," Worthy said. "We were about to eat dinner at the new cafeteria. We walked into the stadium and I could just feel the energy and the fans weren't even there. I could see myself playing there.

"It was like a dream come true. I wish Coach Rodriguez was there when I was coming out of high school. I would have committed to him then."

One of the main reasons that Worthy chose the Wildcats is his relationship with the coaches, who he believes can make him the best player possible.

"I have a better understanding of the type of people they are," he said of the Arizona coaches. "They are very personable. I love Coach Kirelawich. He just cracks me up. They also know when to be serious and get to work.

"I know that they are really fired up about me and they are really anxious to get me in there and ready to show me what I am capable of. That was all I really wanted from the coaches, to just get the best out of me. I think that's what Coach Kirlav and Coach Rodriguez can do."

Worthy will have two years to play two seasons with the Wildcats after earning his Associate's Degree in December. He plans on being able to help the team immediately after joining the team in the spring.

"Coming in and contributing right away is what they expect out of me," he said. "I am going to come in and get my opportunity. Coach Kirlav said that I would be one of the oldest guys on the defensive line, so I will need to be ready to contribute.

"I wouldn't be going to if I didn't plan on going in and earning a starting spot and contributing from day one."


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