NY DE Loves the Helmet

Many recruits throughout the ages have mentioned the Michigan helmet as the first thing that they love about the Wolverines. Defensive end <b>Doug Worthington</b> is yet another to add to the list. GoBlueWolverine Magazine spoke with Worthington Thursday evening. Is there a U-M offer?

Defensive end Doug Worthington from St. Francis High School in Athol Springs, New York plays in a league that isn't allowed to compete in the New York State Football Championships. "We've won everything there is to win for us," Worthington said. "But they won't let us play for the State Championship because we can recruit. We were going to play the New Jersey Catholic League Champs next year but that didn't work out."

What that means is Worthington goes up against some pretty stiff competition. At 6 foot 7, 255 pounds and a 4.8 in the 40 he is an irresistable force to opposing offensive lineman. Worthington recorded 67 tackles along with six sacks. He was Underclassman of the Year, first team all-west New York, as well as second team All-State. Worthington claims offers from Syracuse, Penn State, Buffalo, Pittsburg, Maryland, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, and Boston College. His top three right now are North Carolina, Penn State, and Pittsburg in no particular order. Has he been hearing from Michigan? "I've received a couple of nice handwritten letters from Michigan saying they are serious about recruiting me and I appreciate that," he said. "Even though they haven't offered they've always been one of my favorite teams. I really fell in love with the helmets when I was growing up, and my dad is from Detroit. I've been to Michigan a couple times to play in AAU basketball tournaments."

Worthington said the Michigan tradition of winning is a big attraction for him. "They always have great teams that play every year for the national championship," he said. "They're always playing for the Big Ten championship too, they have great coaches and great players, and Michigan is in a great area to play."

The talented end plans to camp at Michigan, North Carolina and Purdue this summer, as well as attend a camp in New Jersey. Last summer he attended the Syracuse camp and paid a visit to Ohio State for the Buckeyes' game with Purdue. He plans on majoring in economics or engineering.

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