Jerel Worthy, from Huber Heights, (OH), is a prospect on the rise that has shown the ability to play against some of the top competition in the Buckeye state. While he's gaining interest from several programs no offers have been extended at this time. But that should soon change as several programs are showing increasing interest as they receive his junior highlight tape.
Worthy uses his size and quick first step to help overpower offensive
linemen for the Wayne Warriors defense and has become one of the team's leaders
in the process. Worthy is inline to
continue the path taken by several former Warriors by earning a college
scholarship as fellow alumni Marcus Freeman (Ohio State)
and Mike Mickens (Cincinnati) have produced on
the field the past couple of seasons and this past year Donnie Evege earned a
scholarship and signed with Ohio State to continue the string. In talking
with Wayne head
coach Jay Minton he expressed his feelings about what the future might hold for
his junior defensive lineman.
"I've had the chance to coach some really great players over the years
here at Wayne and also at Boca High
School in Florida.
I've seen what it takes to advance and excel at the next level and feel
Jerel is on the path to do just that.
He's got the physical size and athletic ability to play at a high D-I
level and excel. Several coaches
have contacted me about him and I feel as his tape starts getting around and he
does a few combines and camps he'll really see his offers grow."
While the coach is excited about the possible future his star pupil may
have, the player understands there's a lot of work to be done in becoming a
"I learned early when I was a freshman at Dayton CJ by watching Javon Ringer and Brandon Harrison work on and off the field. I also saw the impact academics can have
when you're being recruited. After not doing a great job my freshman year I've
really cracked down and taken the books seriously. I know coaches can't recruit a player
that can't get the job done on the field and in the classroom."
As for the programs that have shown early interest Worthy
said the following have shown the most interest through contacts.
"I've heard from these programs so far the most, Wisconsin, Indiana,
Toledo, Ohio and
Cincinnati. But I've also received some interest and
have interest in Ohio State, Tennessee, Florida, LSU,
Louisville, Notre Dame, West
Virginia and Georgia. I know how I do at senior camps and
combines will determine who makes the choice to recruit me and I'm working hard
right now to make sure I'm ready."
As for where he may camp this summer Worthy said it's still early but he
plans on camping at Ohio State, Cincinnati and at least one other program before
it's all over.
"I know I want to go to Ohio State's senior camp so I can show them
what I can do. I also want to camp
because I really liked what I saw during my junior day visit. I've also looked at Notre Dame and
State right now but I'm not
sure as to the one I'll be able to attend.
I have family that lives in South Bend so that may well be the third camp I
go to. But I'd also like to see
about some of the schools in the SEC."
Worthy has been working in the weight room and is getting ready to throw
the shot this spring. This past
winter he wrestled as a heavyweight and went 12-4 before suffering an
injury. While listed as a defensive
tackle Worthy could also see a few programs look to use his size and athletic
ability on the offensive side of the ball but right now he's projected as a
defensive tackle and just maybe one of Ohio's top prospects.
You can view this video of Jerel from his junior season only on