Worthy Is Showing His Worth

Whittier (Calif.) Christian defensive tackle Jeff Worthy may be at a small school but he's a big recruit who's getting some serious attention and has a few offers in...

Whittier (Calif.) Christian defensive tackle Jeff Worthy has been pretty pleased with how the recruiting process has been going for him.

Despite playing at a smaller high school, the 6-4, 280-pound Worthy has landed three offers, with two of them coming this week.

"SMU was the first one to offer me, they offered me last month, then Nebraska offered and I was real excited because it's an honor. They produced one of the best defensive linemen ever in Ndamukong Suh, so as far as I'm concerned, to be considered by them is a huge honor. Then (Thursday), I got my first Pac-10 offer from Arizona State from Coach (Steve) Broussard," said Worthy.

And while he's just got those three offers, several more schools have showed interest and have made plans to stop by the Whittier Christian campus.

"I'm hearing from TCU, UCLA, USC, Hawaii, Iowa, Notre Dame, Arkansas and Boise State," said Worthy. "My top three is UCLA, SMU and Nebraska."

The Bruins have been Worthy's favorite school while growing up.

"UCLA is the dream school and definitely where I want to play," said Worthy. "I've been there a few times already and they want me to come to their camp on June 6th and on June 19th. I went to two of their practices and their spring game. Coach Todd Howard is recruiting me for UCLA."

Still, the Huskers have made some major headway.

"They have produced some big NFL prospects, so I think to myself ‘what if I go to Nebraska, could they turn me into this NFL superstar?' I believe in myself that I can do it. I need a coach knows that I can do it. Nebraska visited the school and Coach Sanders was recruiting me but I hadn't heard anything from them. Then they emailed me and said they thought I'd fit in great with their system. They're coming down on May 17th to watch me practice. Coach (Bo) Pelini produced Glen Dorsey and Ndamukong Suh, so my thought is if I decided to go there, they could turn me into one of those players."

But Worthy doesn't want to make a commitment anytime soon.

"I want to go through the process and take some time," said Worthy. "I'm planning to go to some camps still. I'm going to the ones at UCLA, then Boise State in June and then a camp at SMU."

Worthy knows he's got to get out to as many camps as he can and prove he can hang with players from bigger schools, and after his performance at the Nike Camp, it's been so far, so good.

"Definitely coming from Whittier Christian, you have to put your name out there if you want to play college football," said Worthy. "So far, I think I've impressed a lot of people as like a sleeper who's emerging. I'm making a name for myself and doing a pretty job of it."

Academically, Worthy has a 3.1 GPA and has achieved qualifying scores on the SAT and ACT.


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