Worthington Gives The Latest

Defensive end prospect Doug Worthington remains committed to Ohio State, but continues to take other visits. Worthington has witnessed negative recruiting up close recently and told more about what opposing coaches are saying about OSU.

Defensive end Doug Worthington of Athol Springs, NY, is still a solid commitment to Ohio State, but continues to take visits on the advice of his father.

Worthington visited the University of Alabama last weekend and enjoyed it.

"It was a nice trip," Worthington said. "I had fun. Nice little parties and stuff. It's a nice little area. They are serious about their sports."

Worthington was impressed with Mike Shula and his staff.

"Coaching staff was real nice," he said. "The players seem to like the coaches a lot, and they do need help in a lot of positions. I don't know what to say. I'm OSU, but I just wanted to make sure nothing happened to them. But I had a great visit (to Alabama). It was a great time. Great parties. It was nice. Tuscaloosa was nice little college town. It's not as big as Columbus, but it was nice though. There were a couple schools around there that helped the parties – helped the social life – so it wasn't too bad."

The 6-7, 250-pound Worthington had 72 tackles, four sacks and 21 quarterback pressures as a senior at St. Francis High School. As a junior, he had 72 tackles, seven sacks and 12 pressures.

Worthington will visit the University of Florida this weekend.

"I am looking forward to it," he said. "My father will come down and go there with me. So, it should be a nice visit."

Worthington's father usually doesn't accompany him on the recruiting trips.

"I think he's just going to Florida to meet the new coaching staff and stuff like that," Worthington said. "He didn't go Wisconsin, or Alabama. He's likes Ohio State and he went on that one with me. But for my other visits, he just wanted me to go by myself and have a good time. But he's going on this one with me."

Worthington has one more official visit set up after Florida – Boston College Jan. 21.

"Yeah, I'll probably go on that one," he said.

Worthington reiterated that he's a future Buckeye, he is just playing it safe and enjoying the recruiting process.

"I've already started to look ahead at Ohio State's schedule," Worthington said. "They play Texas this year at home, and then the year after that – my sophomore year – they play at Texas. That will be fun. I'd love to play against Texas. I'd love that."

However, Worthington is a little bit concerned about the off the field situation at OSU. He doesn't think anything will happen, but that doesn't stop the negative recruiting. Worthington is simply trying to sift through the information and make an informed decision.

"I don't really get too much into it," Worthington said. "Obviously, you can see that the president of the school has a lot of faith in (OSU head coach Jim) Tressel and knows he's going to be there to try and offer him the AD job.

"So, I can't say too much about it because I don't really look into the media too much about it. I hear all my news from the coaches that try and recruit me against Ohio State. So, that's mostly how I get my stuff. But I don't know too much about it, but I just hope everything works out well and that's about it."

Are coaches from other schools suggesting to Worthington that Ohio State could be placed on probation, or Tressel could be fired?

"Yeah, they're telling me something happened today, something happened a couple weeks ago and they're finding new things with people coming up," Worthington said. "They're just saying a whole bunch of nonsense and stuff like that. But until something really goes into effect, then I'm not worried about it."

With a five-star recruit like Worthington, some opposing coaches will say whatever is necessary to try and sway him.

"Yeah, they will say pretty much anything," he said. "One guy told me that (an OSU player) was driving some little Lexus or something."

Who told Worthington that?

"It was one of the coaches," he said. "I don't want to say who or where he's from. But he was saying (the OSU player) had a supped-up Lexus or something like that. I don't know how true it is, but that's the kind of stuff they tell you. They'll tell you that something else is going to happen over there."

Worthington says he is not falling for any of the negative recruiting. He thinks there are issues at every major program in the country.

"Yeah, I look at it like, being a big-time program that it is, any stuff they can take out of any program, they're going to do it," he said. "Maurice Clarett opened the door. He took the bullet proof vest right off of them and they're just shooting away. But I'm not really worried about it though. I'll be signing with Ohio State unless something happens before then."

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