Signing Day Impact: Christopher Worley

It's National Signing Day in America, and recruits are faxing their letters of intent to their schools of choice across the country. Who is in the fold at Ohio State for the class of 2013?

The Cleveland Glenville pipeline to Ohio State is alive and well, and Christopher Worley is the latest Tarblooder to sign with Ohio State.

Worley, 6-foot-3, 195-pounds, will play either safety or linebacker at Ohio State, and he could also be a factor on special teams next season.

WHAT ARE WORLEY'S STRENGTHS? First off, this is a player that loves contact and is not afraid to stick his nose in there and hit people. Next is the size, and Worley is a long-armed, legit 6-foot-3, and the length is also a quality that stands out. In the regular season matchup with Cleveland St. Ignatius, Worley was able to tip two passes simply by extending his arms and surprising the quarterback. He also plays with a high motor, and while not a 4.5 sprinter, Worley has the quickness to play at Ohio State. He has the frame to add 20-25 pounds comfortably, which will be needed if he plays linebacker. - Bill Greene

WHAT WILL HE NEED TO IMPROVE? For most of his career, Worley has been a free-lance linebacker, with the freedom to find the football and chase it down. There will be an adjustment period for him to learn to play in a disciplined, complicated scheme, without the ability to vary from the system. He has spent his career close to the line of scrimmage, with little to no pass coverage responsibilities. That will need to be learned at Ohio State, but he has quick feet and enough hip turn to be effective in coverage once he gets experience. Worley will also need to add upper-body strength to be able to take on linemen at the line of scrimmage, and he has the frame to do so. - Bill Greene

Worley On Choosing Ohio State: "Throughout the whole process, Ohio State was the school that recruited me the hardest," Worley stated. "Once I got the OK from Coach (Ted) Ginn, I went ahead and scheduled my official visit and got my commitment done. I did look at a few other schools, but I always felt Ohio State was best for me."

"I probably knew it was going to be Ohio State for a few months, but I was just focused on my season and not recruiting until the middle of November," he added.

Urban Meyer has been known for favoring versatile players, and Worley has the ability to play different positions which increases his value. He could play either safety or linebacker for Ohio State.

"Coach Meyer is a great guy, and similar to Coach Ginn, in that both of them will let you know exactly how they feel," Worley said. "He tells you straight up how it is, and then you had better do things his way. I get that."


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