The final decision came down to three schools for one South Carolina quarterback.
Tennessee, LSU, and Notre Dame were the finalists for Justin Worley. After a week of serious deliberation, he made the Vols his official choice Friday morning.
Apparently, the decision wasn't as easy as some might think.
"It was a very tough decision for me," Worley told InsideTennessee.com. "After my recent Notre Dame visit, they were definitely a major player for my services. I took a couple of days before making a final decision. I wanted to make sure I was making the right one."
Worley took an unofficial visit to Notre Dame last week, and the talented signal caller acknowledged that the visit was fresh on his mind and made his decision tougher. He made more than five trips to Rocky Top and it appears that helped lead him to his final decision.
"I have always liked everything about Tennessee for a while now," Worley said. "I'm very happy with my decision. It feels right. I felt more at home and more comfortable at Tennessee."
The Tennessee coaching staff had made it clear to Worley he was their No. 1 target at the quarterback position. It also appears that Derek Dooley was excited about Worley's decision Friday morning.
"Coach Dooley was really excited about it," Worley explained. "He told me that I didn't just commit to the University of Tennessee but that I had a head coach and coaching staff that was committed to me for the next four to five years of my life. That was pretty special for me to hear from my head coach."
Dooley and Coach Jim Chaney played a major role in Worley's final decision.
"Every time I have talked to Coach Dooley, I felt like Tennessee was where I belonged," Worley said. "I like where he is taking this program, his plans and dreams for building a championship team. Coach Chaney and I have developed a great relationship as well."
Worley is relieved that the decision is over and is glad that he can focus on his senior season.
"It's a lot of pressure off my shoulders," Worley said. "I'm glad it's over."
LSU and Notre Dame fans should have realized that they didn't stand a chance for Worley's pledge. With a father named Peyton, everyone should have realized it was meant to be for Justin to be a Volunteer.