UNC Among Worley's First Offers

North Carolina was among the first schools to send heralded junior Justin Worley a scholarship offer.

"Obviously, [offering this early] let's me know that I'm on their radar," Worley said. "… I guess the earlier [they offer] the more I get to learn about that school.

"I'm definitely looking at all these schools that have offered. I just want to keep all my options open, right now."

Tuesday marked the first day juniors could receive official scholarship letters from colleges.

In addition to UNC, Worley, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound junior quarterback from Rock Hill (S.C.) Northwestern, received official scholarship letters from Florida, LSU, Stanford, and Tennessee.

Worley doesn't have a leader but is looking hard at four schools.

"I'm just keeping everything open, but I'd say LSU, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Florida are sticking out," Worley said. "I like what they have to offer academically and coaching-wise and [offensive scheme]. They all run kind of pro-style sets, which I think is to the advantage of the quarterback."

Although quarterbacks tend to make their collegiate decision sooner than others, Worley isn't sure when he'd make a verbal commitment.

"I want to at least have it narrowed down to two or three schools by the summer between my junior and senior years," Worley said.

Florida is the only aforementioned school that Worley has not visited. He's hoping to attend a game in Gainesville sometime this season, though no plans have been set.

Worley plans to attend several college games this fall. For the most part, his schedule will be created on a week-by-week basis.

"I know we play a Thursday game and I think my dad and I might be going to maybe Georgia or Tennessee that weekend," Worley said. "And we also have a Monday off one week, so I might be going somewhere [far] that week, too."

This Saturday, Worley will visit Clemson for the Middle Tennessee game. He also has plans to attend the UNC-East Carolina game in Chapel Hill on Sept. 19.

"My parents, my brother, and I are going up there [to the UNC-ECU game]," Worley said. "We have [the ECU game] planned out and there's a possibility that I will be getting up to another one, just because both of my parents went there and we're still big fans."

Putting recruiting aside, the Worleys root for UNC during the Saturdays in the fall.

"If they're playing, I'm pretty sure they're going to be on one of our TVs in our house," Worley said.

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