'I'm solid with Ole Miss'

These days, with his senior season over and plenty of time on his hands, three-star wide receiver T.J. Worthy is one-track minded.

His high school team, Gadsden (Ala.), was upset by Mountain Brook, 17-13, in the third round of the 6A state playoffs. Worthy had two catches for 56 yards and a touchdown in the loss.

Now he's turning his attention towards his recruitment.

"Everything's pretty much the same with me," he said.

"Pretty much" being the operative words, because Worthy, a long-standing Ole Miss commitment, still plans on visiting other schools.

He continues to receive calls from prospective colleges, most notably Tennessee, Kentucky and Memphis. Worthy has two official visits scheduled, the first to Memphis on January 14th and the second to Ole Miss on January 21st.

He's keeping his options open.

"Plenty of schools (are calling)," he said. "Memphis, Kentucky and Tennessee, they're on me the hardest right now.

T.J. Worthy

"I'm solid with Ole Miss, but I'm still going to take my official visits to see what else is out there."

Worthy described his percentage of commitment as 95-100 percent. But when schools call, he listens. All the while, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Worthy is keeping in frequent contact with other recruits, including fellow Ole Miss commitment Donte Moncrief.

Moncrief is rated a four-star wide receiver by Scout.com. He finished his senior season with 21 catches for 448 yards and nine touchdowns.

"Me and Donte, we were texting (Wednesday) night, talking about how we're ready to come up there and play big for Ole Miss," he said. "They need some play-makers. That's what we're all about. We're trying to get play-makers in there, so we can have an SEC-type team."

Worthy is doing some recruiting of his own, having built strong relationships with other notable Ole Miss targets. Worthy said he and Moncrief keep in frequent contact with South Panola standout, and current Mississippi State commitment, Nickolas Brassell and uncommitted prospect Tobias Singleton of Madison Central.

"Really, I told Nick, straight up, if you want to play with the best and be the best, come to Ole Miss. We're going to be the best by the time we get done there. But all those guys, I tell them to do what's best for them," he said.

Mainly, though, Worthy is readying for his arrival at Ole Miss. He said he will probably arrive in the summer, though the first day to report is nearly six months away. There's plenty of time. He's yet to dry the ink on a letter of intent.

But Worthy is excited. He sees opportunity at Ole Miss. He wasn't able to attend the annual in-state rivalry game between Ole Miss and Mississippi State due to a family issue, but saw enough of his future team to form an opinion.

"Really, they didn't execute enough to win against State," Worthy said. "Too many mistakes caused them to lose."

Even more, he has the assessments of Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt and wide receivers coach Ron Dickerson to go by. Both have expressed the need for more play-makers. Immediate playing time is the most intriguing possibility for Worthy.

"Playing time is a big possibility," he said. "Coach Nutt and Coach Dickerson, all they say is they need play-makers. They're trying to bring play-makers in there, and we'll have a chance to play."




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