The "Inside" take on Justin Worley

How big was Justin Worley's commitment to the Vols last week? We take an "Inside" look at Worley and how important his pledge was to Derek Dooley's 2011 recruiting class. There is no doubt that Worley was the Vols' top target on their recruiting board and was a big get for the UT football program.

What exactly does last week's commitment for Justin Worley mean for Derek Dooley and the Tennessee Volunteers?

We take an "Inside" look at the quarterback commitment last Friday and give our thoughts on the Vols' recruitment of the signal caller from South Carolina.

One thing that Dooley and staff proved with last week's pledge is the fact they can close on one of their top targets.


There is no doubt that Worley was the Vols' No. 1 target at quarterback.

The courtship began under the old coaching staff, and UT offensive coordinator Jim Chaney deserves a lot of the credit for the recruitment because of the relationship he built with Worley over the last 10 months.

Dooley and recruiting coordinator Terry Joseph and UT Quarterbacks Coach Darin Hinshaw deserve some props as well. One thing that this new coaching staff has proven is that they can recruit with the best and go after high quality young men in the process.

Worley, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound athlete, is known for his great poise in the pocket, his size and his touch on his throws. It appears he needs to work on his overall arm strength and his release.

Worley hrew for 3,641 yards and 50 touchdowns as a sophomore and earned national sophomore player of the year honors by MaxPreps. He led team to the S.C. Class 4A Division II title game against South Pointe. Also, he is a basketball and baseball standout.

Worley is ranked as the No. 20 quarterback in the country and is a three-star prospect, according to


Worley is a quarterback that has shown flashes of being one of the top 2011 quarterbacks in the South. He has great size that immediately draws attention his way and he has shown good leadership as well. He spends a lot of time in the shotgun, so there are still questions about him under center. He throws with good accuracy typically, but needs to work on arm strength, and his release.'s Chad Simmons.

Dooley and company proved that they can go after their No. 1 target and close the deal. Worley is just what the doctor ordered for the Vols. A big talented signal caller, who is also a great leader on and off the field. He is a quality young man and will have a good career at Tennessee.'s James Bryant.


He will provide great competition for the three current quarterbacks at Tennessee. He will push all three as a true freshman, and competition makes everyone better. Coach Jim Chaney saw something in Worley and made him his top target from the beginning. Chaney has had a lot of success with signal callers such as Drew Brees.

Worley hasn't decided if he will enroll early in January at Tennessee. He and his parents will sit down with Dooley and staff and decide what's best for him and the Vol football program.

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