Cougs offer tackle machine DT

HIS SCHOOL ISN'T traditionally one that college recruiters flock to but he's an exception, and he's not lacking for BCS offers. Washington State this week offered the 6-4, 280-pound defensive tackle and while the nature of the game dictates DTs don't make a lot of tackles, that's not the case here, either. Indeed, his junior season tackle numbers were ridiculous, soaring into the triple-digits.

Jeff Worthy out of Whittier, Calif., about 15 miles outside of Fullerton, was triple-teamed at times in '09. As a nose tackle in Whittier Christian High's 3-4 last season, he still put up video game-like numbers. Try 137 on for size.

He was, not surprisingly, named first team All-State Small Schools as a junior. But even players who decimate the competition, when that competition is small-school, generally have trouble attracting BCS interest. Not Worthy, who posted 19 sacks in '09.

A steady stream of schools has been coming by Whittier Christian during the May Evaluation period, including Washington State.

WSU assistant Rich Rasmussen is running the recruiting point for the Cougs.

"He called and made me the offer. And he told me they're definitely family oriented...they're not looking for kids who are all about themselves. They're on the rise. They feel like they're going to do a lot better this year," said Worthy.

WORTHY SAID he plans on doing a lot more research on WSU and others schools this summer, after his school year winds up.

"They're one of the colleges that is a true college town," said Worthy of WSU.

WORTHY HOLDS FIVE OFFERS, from Washington State, Arizona State, Minnesota, Nebraska and SMU.

Other schools he's hearing frequently from include UCLA, TCU and Boise State though they have yet to offer. He said he's looking forward to seeing the Nebraska campus and that he's long rooted for UCLA but that he doesn't plan to make a decision or verbal commitment per se to any school, that his decision might not come until February and Signing Day.

"I'm trying to make my decision on can I play early there and win, and can I eventually get to the next level after college, which is the NFL," said Worthy. "...But I'm focused on high school football right now, I'm not really focused on the college aspect just yet."

Worthy is a solid student and has achieved qualifying scores on the SAT and ACT.

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