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.