Monken to Worthman: "You're our guy"

The Army coaches told Arion Worthman that he's "their guy". The 5-foot-11, 200-pound quarterback out of University High School in Normal, Ill., put up big numbers in his junior campaign throwing for more than 2,000 yards and rushing for 1,400 yards and a combined 59 touchdowns

"It was March 23rd when I was speaking with Coach Waugh," Worthman told "He told me the head coach would like to talk to me so I called Coach Monken. He said he really liked me. He said 'you're our guy. We like the way you run and thrown and think you'd fit perfectly into our offensive scheme.' Then he extended me a full offer.

"It's a great offer to have. It's a big deal. I'm not that familiar with West Point and their football tradition but it's something I'm definitely going to be exploring and I'm looking to get up there for a visit some time over the summer."

Worthman led the University Pioneers to an 11-1 record in 2013. He had a 61-percent completion percentage and threw for 32 touchdowns to only five interceptions. On the ground, Worthman was good for 9.4 yards-per-carry with 27 rushing touchdowns. For his junior performance, he was named Corn Belt Conference Player of the Year, first team Academic All-State, and All-State honorable mention.

The Army offer was Worthman's fourth. He also holds offers from Illinois State, Harvard, and Brown. Illinois State is in his hometown and where his father, Antoine, played his college ball, but Worthman says he'd feel comfortable taking his talents out of state for college.

"My family and I are very close," he said, "but I'm a very independent person and think I'll be able to survive anywhere I go. My parents are big on academics. Going to a school with strong academics is my top priority. I would love to play quarterback in college in a spread offense. My four offers are at quarterback, but some of the other schools showing interest like my at other positions, wide receiver, defensive back, running back, it depends on the college."

Out of the many schools looking at Worthman, he has made visits to Northwestern, Illinois, and Northern Illinois this spring for practices. Top Stories