Break Down: Christopher Worley

Ohio State landed commitment number-22 Friday afternoon when Cleveland Glenville linebacker Christopher Worley announced his decision to become a Buckeye. What are the Buckeyes getting in Worley?

In a decision that surprised nobody that follows Ohio State recruiting, Christopher Worley committed to the Buckeyes Friday, becoming commitment number-22 in their 2013 recruiting class.

Worley, 6-foot-3, 190-pounds, is yet another Cleveland Glenville standout headed to Columbus to play for the Buckeyes. He is ranked as a three-star prospect.

WHAT ARE WORLEY'S STRENGTHS? First off, this is a player that loves contact and is not afraid to stick his nose in there and hit people. Next is the size, and Worley is a long-armed, legit 6-foot-3, and the length is also a quality that stands out. In the regular season matchup with Cleveland St. Ignatius, Worley was able to tip two passes simply by extending his arms and surprising the quarterback. He also plays with a high motor, and while not a 4.5 sprinter, Worley has the quickness to play at Ohio State. He has the frame to add 20-25 pounds comfortably, which will be needed if he plays linebacker.

WHAT WILL HE NEED TO IMPROVE? For most of his career, Worley has been a free-lance linebacker, with the freedom to find the football and chase it down. There will be an adjustment period for him to learn to play in a disciplined, complicated scheme, without the ability to vary from the system. He has spent his career close to the line of scrimmage, with little to no pass coverage responsibilities. That will need to be learned at Ohio State, but he has quick feet and enough hip turn to be effective in coverage once he gets experience. Worley will also need to add upper-body strength to be able to take on linemen at the line of scrimmage, and he has the frame to do so.

WHAT POSITION WILL HE PLAY? Too tough to say right now, and a lot depends on his physical development. Can he cover well enough to play in space against wide receivers and slot backs? Nobody has that answer right now, so it's tough to just pencil him in at safety or the STAR position just yet. I see Worley as a 225-pound outside linebacker, filling basically the same role he has played his entire high school career. He is very effective coming forward, either blitzing the quarterback or coming up in run support, and he is a sure tackler. Regardless of position, it's not hard to envision Worley playing special teams next year as a true freshman, and excelling in that role. For years at Ohio State that has been the first step to regular playing time for a number of players.


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