Four-Speed Cruiser

One of the fastest athletes in the state of Pennsylvania, William Penn Charter senior Daryl Worley has grabbed over a dozen scholarship offers to go with his four state track titles.

MADISON - Whenever he picks up a phone call from a college coach or gets to speak to an assistant who has reviewed his film, William Penn Charter (PA) athlete Daryl Worley has an idea what the first topic of conversation is going to be about.

"More coaches ask me about my speed than anything else," Worthy told Badger Nation. "The first question is usually if I run track."

Most track athletes are a lot like one-trick ponies, being able to do one event really well but not be able to hold their own at the longer or shorter distances. That's not the case with Worley, who won the state title in the 100, 200 and 400 meters and was also a member of the winning one-mile relay team.

It's a year-around process for the 6-foot, 182-pound speedster, who typically runs between two and three miles three-to-four days a week to stay fit and active.

"I do a lot of long distance runs to keep my athleticism up so when I need to run, I have the wind to do it," said Worley. "I do a lot of footwork drills so I can turn it on when I need to.

"Most of the techniques I've learned in track have transitioned on to the field. It helps me achieve a new level of speed and has helped me over my years in high school."

A virtual unknown with only three scholarship offers in early April, Worley's speed and versatility as a wide receiver/defensive back allowed him to pick up offers from Boston College, Connecticut, Iowa, Northwestern, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple, Tennessee, UCF and West Virginia.

Worley plans to cut down his list to a top five by the end of July, take his official visits and make his final decision during or after his senior season.

"I know I need to serious narrow my list and find out who I have interest in and who has interest in me," said Worley. "I know Pittsburgh and West Virginia will definitely make the cut."

While his list has ballooned, Worley recognized that there are other schools still evaluating him, including the University of Wisconsin. During the spring evaluation period, Badgers running back coach Thomas Hammock was one of the coaches to stop by the school and marvel at Worley's speed.

"Their coaches came by when school was in to talk to me," Worley said. "The week after they reviewed my tape, (coach Hammock) said I was at the top of their list and looked like I was high on the offering chart. They were waiting to see the last transcript, but I don't know if my school sent them one yet. I haven't talked to them lately."

Although with an already impressive offer list, Worley wouldn't mind getting an opportunity from Wisconsin.

"They were learning more towards offering me as a defensive back than a wide receiver, but said I could play both," said Worley. "I like what Wisconsin has to offer and I'd be interesting in looking into them. I would look more in-depth into them if they were to offer."

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