Burlington (N.J.) Township three-star receiver Everett Wormley is no follower. In fact, the 6-foot-1, 175-pound receiver plans to be a leader.
But a trio of major commitments this week certainly made the final decision easier for Wormley, who announced a verbal commitment Friday night to Rutgers football.
“A couple days prior to when Bo [Melton] committed, I was thinking about committing myself. Then when Bo committed, my mom texted me and it clicked. That makes my decision even easier. I was still thinking about it and then when Micah [Clark] and his brother committed on Tuesday, I knew it. I called coach [Chris] Ash the next day and told him I was on board.”
Ash delivered a clear message during junior day on campus, and it made an impact with at least six top in-state players. With Wormley as the sixth commitment in the 2017 class, all hail from New Jersey.
“During junior day, they focused primarily on keeping Jersey guys in Jersey,” Wormley said. “I’m pretty sure all six commits went to junior day and heard coach Ash talk about that. That definitely played a factor into all of us staying home.”
Rutgers holds four 2017 offensive commitments in Wormley, Melton, Clark and Jamaal Beaty.
For future opponents, Wormley is afraid that he has some bad news.
“Defensive coordinators in the Big Ten, they might have some nightmares trying to stop us, definitely,” Wormley said. “It isn’t just me, Bo and Micah and Jamaal, we have more pieces coming. Hopefully we get Johnathan Lewis, Jon Taylor, John Lovett. In just Jersey alone, we put the pieces together and we can be one of the best in the country.”
Wormley fits as a wide receiver in offensive coordinator Drew Mehringer’s scheme. Wormley touched the ball 74 times as a junior with 904 yards and nine touchdowns to his name in 10 games.
“I love that up tempo spread,” he said. “It’s definitely built for guys to make plays in open space like me and Bo outside or running backs to power the rock inside. It’s running and running and play-action pass and getting the ball into play-makers hands. That was a factor for me. I felt like I could benefit from this and become a better receiver.
“ … You can expect a guy that will come in and work hard and do everything he can to bring a Big Ten championship to Rutgers. That’s the ultimate goal. Expect me to play outside and make plays every Saturday.”
Wormley spoke highly of Ash and wide receivers coach Jafar Williams. A future at Rutgers came down to many more factors, however, than an offseason coaching change.
“I got the Rutgers offer a little less than a year ago, and I’ve just been sitting on that and thinking about it all the time,” he said. “Think about it if all of these guys stayed home and how we could be strong in the Big Ten. You don’t have to go somewhere else in the Big Ten or ACC. Being close to my family wasn’t a huge factor. Going far or close didn’t matter but the fact that I can have family and friends and my town support me is great. Like you said, there haven’t been many people to come out of Burlington and play big-time ball, so it’s an honor for them to witness me do it at home.”