SC QB Highly Regarded

The past two seasons, Northwestern High School (SC) has been able to make sensational runs to the state title game. None was more impressive than last season when the Trojans overcame a 0-4 start before going on a run to earn another trip to the title game. DeaconSports spoke with Northwestern quarterback Justin Worley about last season, his expectations for next year, and his recruitment.

It would be very easy for a team to fold after a 0-4 start to the season. At that point, the playoffs are an afterthought and some teams would fall apart.

"It was a tough start to the season," said Northwestern quarterback Justin Worley. "We lost all four receivers from last year as well as our running back. We had some young guys that had to step up and get use to the speed of the game. I also think I was trying to do a little too much early in the season."

After the rough start, things began to gel between Worley and his new crop of receivers. The Trojans then went on to win 9 of their final 10 games before losing a close one in the state finals.

"The offense just started clicking as the season went on. The defense also stepped up and we were able to go on a good run."

The 6'4, 198 pound gunslinger was sensational during his junior season throwing for an astounding 4,300+ yards and 42 touchdowns. In two seasons, Worley has thrown for almost 8,000 yards and 92 touchdowns.

After back-to-back terrific seasons, Worley has proven himself as one of the premiere quarterbacks in the southeast and will have no shortage of college choices when the time comes.

"Things have been a little bit slower since signing day but I hear a lot from UNC, Tennessee both before and after the coaching change, Alabama, LSU, Virginia, and a few others."

One of the other teams is Wake Forest. "I have been getting mail from them and I talked to Coach Henry on the phone this week. I am trying to stay very open with the recruiting process. I actually talked with my parents and coach this week and started to narrow a few things down. Wake is still on my list."

What type of things are important to Worley when he is looking at schools? "Academics will be a big factor. I know Wake has that and also a very good football program. I would also like to play in a pro style offense but I'm not going to limit myself to just that. A school's tradition is something I'm interested in and I think I would like to stay in the southeast."

Worley does not plan to drag out his recruitment and hope to make a decision when he finds the right fit. "I highly doubt I wait until signing day to commit. I'm not going to drag things out if I already know when I want to go."

The Trojans, led by Worley, look to be a force again next season. "I'm excited about next season. I have high expectations for our team. We have a lot of players returning and I think we can get to where we have been the last two seasons and win it this time. I'm just going to go into the season working hard and getting the ball to my play makers."

When watching Worley, the first thing you notice before he even throws the ball is his great size for the position. He stands tall in the pocket and is able to move around well and buy his receivers extra time to get open. Most importantly, Worley has deadly accuracy on his throws. He puts the ball on the money and makes things easy on his play makers.

Worley attended junior day at UNC last weekend and also plans a junior day visit to Alabama as well.


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