Wormley Visits Two Favorites

One of the top prospects in Ohio for 2012 is Toledo Whitmer defensive end Chris Wormley. Wormley, has also drawn the attention of college recruiters, specifically his two favorites, Ohio State and Michigan, and he has unofficially visited both in the past two weeks. Bill Greene has the latest on Wormley.

Chris Wormley started showing up on the radar of college recruiters last year, when he had an excellent sophomore season at Toledo Whitmer.

Fast forward one year, and the 6-foot-5, 265-pound Wormley is now regarded as one of the top prospects in the Midwest, and a member of the initial Scout Top-100 list for 2012.

"After three weeks, I think I'm playing pretty good, even though we had a tough loss two weeks ago," Wormley stated. "I've gotten better over the past year, and I'm definitely using my hands better. I'm also able to do more things, and not just use a bull-rush every time."

In what seems to be shaping up as an early two-team race to land Wormley's services, he visited Michigan and Ohio State on successive weekends.

"I went to Michigan two weeks ago, and it was a great experience," he noted. "I had a chance to talk to all the coaches, and the game was awesome, seeing them beat UCONN. I really liked how they played that day. I spoke to all the coaches, and even though they haven't offered yet, Coach (Rich) Rodriguez let me know it will be coming soon. I've been to Michigan three or four times now."

"The crowd was great, over 115,000 people, and that made it even better," he continued. "Hopefully, these past two wins shows they have gotten over the hump, and they're on the way back to where it used to be a few years ago. I think I'm going back to Michigan for the Iowa game."

Then last weekend, he traveled down-state to Columbus, to watch Ohio State defeat Miami.

"The Ohio State game was good, especially them coming out with the win," he said. "Their defense played well, with four interceptions, and the offense was really good too. I had a good time, and it was good seeing the coaches."

"Ohio State has not offered yet either, but they told me at camp they would be offering when it was the right time," he added. "I'm hoping to be able to get back to Ohio State for a couple more games, and I'm definitely going to the Michigan game."

Although it appears Michigan and Ohio State certainly have the inside track, there are other schools vying for his services.

"I'm hearing from a lot of schools, and I have to say I'm impressed with Alabama," Wormley explained. "I'm definitely going to keep an eye on them, and I'm interested for sure. It's a long way from home, but they are such a great program, and I think a lot of Coach (Nick) Saban, so I'm keeping a watch on them."

"I'm not sure if I'll be visiting anywhere else this year, or not," he continued. "Maybe next year I might look at seeing some other schools, and I'm interested in Iowa and Penn State. I need to learn more about those two schools, and I have time to check them out."

One of the reasons Wormley is such a desired recruit is not only his obvious athletic talent, but the fact that he is a high character person, and a successful student, also.

"I'm doing really well in the classroom, and that's something my parents have always stressed," he explained. "I'm carrying a 3.4 GPA, and I'm getting ready to take the ACT later this year."

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