Chris Worley Makes 22

By Alex on January 11, 2013 at 5:00p

Some people were concerned that the Glenville pipeline to Columbus wouldn't continue to flow once Urban Meyer took over at Ohio State, but they were apparently wrong as Chris Worley gave his verbal pledge to the Buckeyes today, keeping the tradition of Tarblooders making the trip down I-71 for college alive.

Worley played primarily linebacker for Ted Ginn Sr.'s program at 6-3/190, but is being recruited as an athlete for Ohio State. He is likely headed to either safety or the STAR position (nickelback) for the Bucks, but the OSU coaches are currently telling him he will play some of both linebacker and safety when he arrives on campus.

Worley isn't as highly rated as other Glenville products who have come to OSU in the past, but he did have offers from some power conference programs like Arkansas, West Virginia, Georgia Tech, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Illinois and Cincinnati, among others.

He becomes the 22nd commit in the class of 2013 and gives Ohio State some versatility on the defensive side of the ball. He is a player the staff is really high on and could be a factor, at least on special teams, as early as next season.

We will try to catch up with Chris in the coming days, following this weekend's official visit to Columbus, to hear why he chose the Buckeyes and how he feels about keeping the pipeline open. Be sure to come back to 11W to get the latest buzz on Ohio State recruiting. 



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Ohio State Ombre's picture

love the unexpected grey box!!

ATXbucknut's picture

What a fabulous way to start the weekend.

Maestro's picture

2 words  
Dis Turbing

vacuuming sucks

bucknasty13's picture

Well done...Well done

bowthrock's picture

Slingshot Engaged! Welcome aboard Mr. Worley!!!

"Lets beat the shit out of Michigan".... Urban. Frank. Meyer.

BuckinBama's picture

Let the Gray Boxes begin!!!

jfrank373's picture

The under the radar guys are the ones to watch. Roby and Simon were both 3 star recruits. Welcome, Mr. Worley.

Alex's picture

Simon was actually a 5-star on Scout and a 3-star on Rivals, but the 247 Composite went back and made him a 4-star, which was proably the more accurate ranking....

But Laurinaitis, Jenkins, and Hawk were all 3-star guys and they turned out OK :)

buckeyedude's picture

And Sanzenbacher. ;)



David Sokol's picture

Worley reminds me of Jermale Hines.
He'll definitely bulk up and if he plays star, they'll have him at about 205-210 by the time he's seeing the field (he's around 190-195 currently).

buckeyechad's picture

Loved me some Jermale Hines. Definitely one of our most underrated defenders in the past 5 years. Dude hit people hard.

Crimson's picture

Glad to have Worley!  If he hits that hard at 190-195, I cannot wait to see him light people up at 210!

Citrus's picture

It looks like his frame could add 30 lbs. I have a feeling he plays OLB and not STAR. Who knows how someone is going to grow? Probably why Meyer said he'll play S and OLB.  Shazier was pretty darn small too and that turned out OK.

rjsmitty's picture

RDS was actually 210 lbs. when he committed to tOSU. Dont know if Worley will get quite that big, as he is 190 now, but the kid is a hitter and you gotta love that!!

"I don't wanna coach average! To hell with that!"  -UFM

cinserious's picture

Shazier is maxed-out weight wise. Worley is starting out lighter but his frame can actually put on more than RDS. I bet Worley's ideal weight will end up where Shazier is at now, it might take him a little longer though. All I know is we have another hard hittin' badass on defense and special teams. Welcome aboard!

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Buckeyejason's picture

Welcome aboard Chris!

Shazier is maxed-out weight wise.

Maxed out? I highly disagree he still looks slim at 225-230 or whatever he is. Could def add to his frame. A guy like Brian Rolle or Adam Homan were maxed out. Shazier looks like a reciever still.


rampageripster's picture

Good... got that one "out of the way" and now UFM can spend the weekend REALLY focusing on Bell and Gibson/Smith.

Cause I couldn't go for three

Joe4's picture

Hoping this gives us some momentum for the rest of the weekend!

JS3308's picture

That certainly didn't take long... 
Welcome to the Buckeyes, Chris!

Justanut's picture

Woohoo! Welcome to Buckeye Nation, Chris!

zbd's picture

Vonn Bell and his family need to jump on board this weekend.

sir rickithda3rd's picture

awesome news... he sure looks like a playmaker to me and hits hard!

mark may wins douchebag of the year... again

labuck's picture

Good pick up right there.  Welcome Chris!

osubuck57's picture

Nice to see more dominoes falling into place!! Welcome aboard Chris!!


ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Urban done did it again (Rock and roll hoochie coo).

Class of 2010.

dubjayfootball90's picture

great news to end a crappy workday... I LOVE THIS DAMN TEAM!!!!

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

LadyBuck's picture

Welcome to Washington, Mr. Smith! (Or Buckeye Nation, Mr. Worley)

Rapping Bum's picture

Congratulations to Chris Worley.

Help is on the way.

Phillips.449's picture

Rock out with my gray box out!

Crimson's picture

Original, yet somehow familiar . . . I like it!

Northbrook's picture

Welcome Mr. Worley. We are now at 82. 

BoFuquel's picture

Welcome Chris,GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

DefendOhio's picture

Do you realize that since 2001, OSU has recieved a verbal from at least one Glenville player every single year? They already have a head start on 2014 as well. That's insane. 

LouGroza's picture

I walk away for a couple hours and come back to a gray box! Imagine that. Congrats Mr. Worley and welcome aboard. We will have many very athletic interchangeable parts on defense. A couple more will be icing on the cake though!

Devin1024's picture

As if Friday needed to get any better!  Welcome young man!

NJ_BUCKEYE's picture

Worley is similar to Lee isn't he??
I have read and could surmise myself due to their size, that they both look like they are Safeties as of this moment if you look simply at their physical attributes, but let Mick have 'em and they both probably end up at OLB.
I haven't heard much about Lee becoming an OLB though, so I don't know what Urbz and everyone else are thinking about his future.  I know I have seen people say SS on here, but other places I have read that he projects as a run stopping big ass SS or more sensibly an OLB.

Nick's picture

I see Lee as a receiver 

captain obvious's picture

simular ability and size to another tarblooder who played well for the Bucks: Jermale Hines

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andydye84's picture

Looks like he has good hands, could play either position of S or OLB. Either way could end up being great!

buckeye76BHop's picture

Good news and welcome to Mr Worley. This is a great start for what should turn out to be a great weekend for OSU recruiting.
Edit* Kid sure can bring the wood...just got done watching his highlight video.  I like it!

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

OfficerRabbit's picture

Has anyone seen him play live? I'm curious if he brings the lumber like that on every play or if those were more exceptions than the rule. Either way, always great to see a (good news) grey box on a Friday!



Poison nuts's picture

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

buckeyedude's picture

Welcome Mr. Worley! 



Hovenaut's picture

Very cool....the Tarbloodline continues. It's all coming together.

Well done UFM and co.

And a welcome aboard to Mr. Worley.

GoBucks713's picture

How firm thy friendship.... Welcome Chris.

-The Aristocrats!

BuckGnome's picture

Will this impact our chances w/ Vonn Bell?

Crimson's picture

I was wondering the same thing earlier today, but it looks like we've wanted both of them for a long time, so it shouldn't matter.  They definitely would not let Worley commit IF they were fighting for the same spot and Bell was still on the board.

okiebuck's picture

Sweet; I like that he's 6'3 and he brings the wood!

"Fate has cards that it don't want to show"

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

With the limits on scholarships - if Urban and company offered this kid, then he must possess the qualities to make a great player!  Welcome to the Buckeye Nation Chris!!!

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osubuckeye4life's picture

Welcome to tOSU Chris! 
The Glenville express is alive and well.

USMCBUCKEYE82's picture

Those offensive players look like they are getting hit by a high speed freight train when Worley comes into the play. I hope he wraps up as well as he hits and hits like that every play. Worley doesn't bring the wood he brings the whole damn tree. 
Welcome to the Nation Chris!!!!!