Burlington (N.J.) three-star receiver Everett Wormley competed for scholarship offers, and battles on the gridiron both for his high school and 7-on-7 team.
Now he wants a new kind of competition.
The second Wormley verbally committed to Rutgers, he challenged himself as a recruiter for the Scarlet Knights and head coach Chris Ash.
“I take it very seriously,” Wormley said. “I tell the Rutgers coaches all the time that I'm the No. 1 recruiter they have. I just have so many connections and friends with all of these guys. We'll be having a regular conversation and I'll make sure they keep Rutgers in mind. I'm not rushing anyone, but know this is something special.
“... The people that are onboard so far speak for themselves. You have me, Jonathan Taylor, Johnathan Lewis, Micah Clark, Bo Melton. It speaks volumes. The top recruits are going, so if you're a top recruit, why don't you go too? It's time to build something special.”
Wormley is one of Rutgers' most vocal commits. Ask him, and he is the best in the world at what he does.
“I'm a competitive guy, so I have to say I'm the best recruiter [for Rutgers],” Wormley said. “Bo does a ton of work on Twitter, but I have to say me. I think I'm more persuasive.”
Wormley has plenty of South Jersey recruiting targets, and he plays alongside Bridgeton (N.J.) four-star athlete Markquese Bell with the Next Level Greats 7-on-7 program.
“Me and Markquese we're together every day, so I'm still recruiting him hard,” he said. “I'm recruiting a bunch of the top guys in the state to make this the dream team it can be.”
In addition to recruiting, Wormley sees himself as “the transporter” for recruiting trips.
“All the time, I'm taking people,” he said. “Me and Fred Hansard have gone up to Rutgers before. I've taken Iverson Clement when he got his offer. When I go up to Rutgers, I text all of those guys and see if they want a ride. I make sure everybody that Rutgers targets down here can get there. I just try to persuade these guys and do what I can.”
Wormley's stock is up since the Rutgers commitment after a solid spring evaluation period.
While the Burlington receiver could play the recruiting game, he said he is done.
“There's still some schools out there recruiting me but it's been a lot more calm,” Wormley said. “It's a lot of people congratulating me, and I'm staying grinding. Temple and Boston College are still in contact and I've heard from Iowa, Stanford and Virginia Tech since I committed.
“… I tell them, 'you guys are open to recruit me if you want but I'm solid with Rutgers.' I respect all of these schools, so I tell them they're welcome to still recruit me but I'm 100 percent with Rutgers.”