Worthington Impressed With Ohio State

Big-time defensive line prospect Doug Worthington of St. Francis High School in Athol Springs, N.Y. stands as one of the highest rated defensive prospects considering Ohio State this year. What does he think of the Buckeyes? Duane Long caught up with him to find out.

Count Doug Worthington among the out-of-state prospects who have recently come away very impressed with Ohio State. The blue-chip defensive lineman from St. Francis High School in Athol Springs, N.Y. recently made a camp stop in Columbus and liked what he saw.

"I was there for camp on Saturday," he said. "We got there late, and we stayed through Sunday... The coaches were great. I had a really good time. Ohio State was everything I wanted and more."

Worthington had a chance to meet a couple of Ohio State's current commitments while at camp.

"I went against Alex Boone," he said. "He's huge, and he is so talented. I remember meeting Todd Denlinger too."

Senior Advanced Camp was not the first time Worthington has been on the OSU campus. He also had a chance to take in a game last year.

"I was at Ohio State for the Purdue game last year," he said. "It was really something, seeing them dot the I and everything, and the place was rocking."

What leaps out about Worthington is his size. Amazingly, he seems to be getting even bigger.

"I am nearly 6-8 now," he said. "I will be 17 on August 10th."

"I'm working on my speed and my weight. I'm 258 right now and I just ran a 4.72 40. I end my speed training August 13th, then I'm going to Las Vegas to play in a basketball tournament. I am getting recruited a little bit in basketball."

Worthington is listed as a defensive end, but with his size, defensive tackle could be a possibility down the line. He seems open to playing either position.

"I'm long and lean, and I am at 258 right now working on my nutrition, so I don't really care about playing tackle or end," he said.

Worthington is a player many schools around the nation would love to land. He already has dozens of scholarship offers, but only a lucky few will get him to check out their campus. He already has chosen three and probably a fourth.

"Ohio State, Tennessee, and Alabama, they are locks for visits," he said. "Maryland is likely to get one of the others."

Where do the Buckeyes stand right now?

"I am very excited about Ohio State," Worthington said. "For my dad, Ohio State is number one. He's already convinced."

Worthington also gave a timetable for a decision.

"I'm probably going to wait until about mid-season," he said. "I talked it over with my coach and decided that was a good time."

Interestingly, if you live in the Cincinnati or Cleveland area, you will have a chance to see Doug Worthington play this year as St. Francis travels to both Cleveland St. Ignatius and Cincinnati St. Xavier.

"We play both of them next year at their places," Doug said.

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