Worley Entering Process Open-Minded

COLUMBIA, S.C. --- The end of Justin Worley's junior football season Saturday means the beginning of the true focus on his recruitment.

"I kind of want to have an idea [of where I'm going] at the beginning of my senior year," Worley said. "Maybe not a verbal commitment, but to have a strong idea, in my mind, where I'm going."

Worley, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound quarterback from Rock Hill (S.C.) Northwestern, holds six prominent scholarship offers: Florida, Kentucky, LSU, North Carolina, Stanford, and Tennessee.

Although he has named favorites in the past, Worley says he'll head into the process open-minded.

"I'm keeping everything open," Worley said.

Worley has made several visits to UNC, including participating in two of the Tar Heels' camps and attending several games the past two seasons. However, he says don't look too much into that.

"I'm not going to say that [UNC is my leader]," Worley said. "It's just an easy ride up the road and both my parents went there."

On Saturday, Northwestern dropped its second SCHSL Class AAAA Division II title game in as many years. This time, the Trojans were upended by Berkeley (S.C.), 33-24.

"We played our hearts out, they played their hearts out and they just came out on top," Worley said.

Not only did he play his heart out, Worley also played his arm out. He threw 50 passes, completing 31 of them for 253 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. Those numbers would have been much greater if not for several dropped passes (unofficially seven).

"I think some guys just got stuck in the limelight in this game," Worley said. "We hadn't had that since about the fourth or fifth game of the year. It's hard to overcome [dropped passes]."

It's amazing that Northwestern even qualified for the playoffs, let alone reached the championship game. The Trojans opened the season with five losses in its first six games.

However, they rebounded to win their next eight contests, including every conference game.

"Everybody kept their faith in what we had going on," Worley said. "[The lack of experience at wide receiver] had a little bit to do with it. Early in the year, it was the first start for some of them – they were thrown into the fire. But we overcame that."

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