Top D-line Prospect Attends MSU Camp

The 6-2 senior defensive lineman, who weighs in at 288 and runs a 4.8 in the 40-yard dash, said being around talented players at MSU brought out the best in him. Plus, Worthy wanted to make sure the Michigan State coaching staff witnessed a Big Ten caliber defensive tackle at work.

EAST LANSING - Jerel Worthy, an Ohio native hailing from Wayne High School in Huber Heights, thinks his recent trip to East Lansing for one of MSU's summer football camps was his best performance to date.

"The MSU camp was, I think, probably about the best camp I went to by far," Worthy said.

The 6-2 senior defensive lineman, who weighs in at 288 and runs a 4.8 in the 40-yard dash, said being around talented players at MSU brought out the best in him. Plus, Worthy wanted to make sure the Michigan State coaching staff witnessed a Big Ten caliber defensive tackle at work.

"I figured I had to put on a show for those guys to let them know I'm a Big Ten player and I can play in the Big Ten and let them know I'm interested in MSU," Worthy said.

But before an offer can even be made, Worthy needs to get a highlight video to head coach Mark Dantonio. Through no fault of his own, Worthy's original tape got lost in the shuffle surrounding the Duffy Daugherty Football Building renovation.

Worthy did meet a few coaches at his recent visit and said he likes what he saw.

On defensive line coach Ted Gill:
"He's a real cool guy, he seems to like me real well. He teaches in a way that the kids understand. He's a good person and instills a lot of confidence us."

On secondary coach Harlon Barnett:
"Coach Barnett is a real fun guy to be around. He's a jokeful guy, but yet he's a fierce person."

On Dantonio:
"I met him, he's a real cool guy. He's a very respected guy around the NCAA. If you're going to play for him you're going to always put your best into it."

Right now, other than MSU, Worthy says programs like Nebraska, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Georgia, and Tennessee have impressed him the most.

So far, Nebraska, along with mid-majors Cincinnati, Ohio University, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Akron, and Marshal have made offers.

Worthy is in no hurry to establish a top-five. He hopes to narrow his choices by the middle of the football season.

In the meantime, it's business as usual. Although Worthy occasionally finds time for fishing with his grandfather, his summer training has kept him busy.

"Workouts have been intense. I'm getting into shape, getting ready for my last season," he said.


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