COMMITTED: Catching Up with Chris Worley

By Miles Joseph on January 15, 2013 at 8:00p

In the coming weeks leading up to National Signing Day, Urban Meyer and the Ohio State coaching staff are working on finishing an already very strong 2013 recruiting class.

Worley keeps the pipeline openChris Worley became number 22 for OSU

Top remaining targets include the likes of S Vonn Bell, WR Shelton Gibson, RB Dontre Wilson, ATH Corn Elder, WR Kyrin Priester, WR Corey Smith, WR James Clark, OT Cameron Hunt, OT Dan Skipper, and a couple of other players still in the mix.

One player no longer on the list of "targets" is Cleveland (OH) Glenville ATH Christopher "CJ" Worley.

Considered a longtime Buckeye lean, Worley finally pulled the trigger on his commitment Friday afternoon when he arrived in Columbus for his official visit.

At 6-3/190, Worley could end up playing safety or linebacker in college. He could also occupy the star position, which is a combination of linebacker and safety and is used often by the Buckeyes as part of their nickel package.

The star position has a history with the Glenville program, as former Tarblooders Jermale Hines and Christian Bryant have both manned the position, while it appears that Devan Bogard could be the next one up this coming season.

We caught up with Chris to get the scoop on his commitment to Ohio State, to find out where he wants to play in college, if he'll be recruiting some of his Glenville teammates to join him in Columbus, and more.

Keep reading to find out more about the newest member of the 2013 class, Glenville's Chris Worley.

You committed to Ohio State on Friday. Why did you decide to become a Buckeye?

I talked to Coach Ginn on my way down to Columbus. He told me he stood behind my decision and that I made him a proud coach. He knows Ohio State is a great school and my family also loves the school,  so I committed as it was the perfect fit.

How did you commit to the coaches?

They knew I was close to making my decision. I talked to Coach Drayton on Friday and he told me they were ready for me to be a Buckeye.

What does it mean to be a part of the Glenville-Ohio State pipeline?

It's an honor to even have the opportunity some of the Glenville greats had. I'm extremely blessed and grateful to be a part of it.

Will you be recruiting your junior teammate, Marshon Lattimore, to Ohio State?

Yeah I will. I've known Marshon since I was seven and we've been teammates ever since. Of course I'm going to recruit him and recruit him hard.

How long were you committed before making your decision public?

Since Ted Ginn Jr., Donte Whitner, and Troy Smith were there (laughs). Ohio State has always been my dream school.

What did you see on your official visit? Which recruits did you hang out with?

I got to meet my academic counselor and President Gee. I also got to talk to Coach Meyer and all of the great coaches. I hung out with Devan Bogard, Taivon Jacobs, Jalin Marshall, Marcus Baugh, Joey Bosa, Doran Grant, and Ryan Shazier. They're all great guys.

What factors led to you choosing OSU?

It's a great city and my family loves it there. I love it there too and feel I have a chance to play early. Also their academic approach is exactly what I need.

What's your relationship like with the OSU coaches?

It's great! I love them like I love Coach Ginn. They're all amazing guys.

What would you like to say to Buckeye Nation?

I'm a solid commit. You won't see me decommitting like other guys. I promise I will work hard and we will get that crystal ball! Go Bucks!



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Alpo's picture

Sounds truly grateful and happy to be a buck. Glad to have him as a member of this class!

WC Buckeye's picture

I just love the youthful enthusiasm. Welcome the the family, Chris!

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bhardy22132's picture

Best ones  to get right here! Coming to his dream school basically was born committed to Ohio State.

LouGroza's picture

He has that same fast, smooth, style of play to him like Vonn Bell. It looks effortless. All these guys OSU is getting look awesome. Great attitude from him as well. Very nice addition to the class.

dubjayfootball90's picture

yea buddy!!! Welcome, good sir!!!

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Deuces Wild's picture

I promise I will work hard and we will get that crystal ball! 
..........Nuff said for me.........I LIKE HIM!!!
Honestly, I am really glad he is on board!

BoFuquel's picture

Welcome Chris,best of luck to you at TOSU.Bring The Juice.GO BUCKS!

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

GV9's picture

No wishy-washy phony-baloney with Chris Worley; He is excited to be a Buckeye and we are excited to have him.
Looking forward to greatness from him in the future!
Welcome Aboard Chris!  

ATXbucknut's picture

Yeah boooooy!  
I bet he is going to recruit Lattimore.  I have read that Ginn wants Lattimore to wait to commit for a while.  He wants to join Worley in C-bus.  Just a matter of time...

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Why would he want him to wait?

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Crimson's picture

Possibly wants 2013 class to sign/commit before seeing who the 2014 competition is.
Should have read higher.  Look at I.8 below.

buck-I.8's picture

He wants all Glenville kids to wait and get their teammates more exposure

bucknutz18's picture

Ginn prefers if his players wait to committ so that more coaches come to their school so their other players can get some exposure with coaches

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Thanks for the info.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

TheHannimal's picture

Go get that crystal ball son!

farmerbuck's picture

There's a kid that is truly deep down a Buckeye! Love it! Good luck Chris.

You have to hate losing more than you love winning! GO BUCKS!!

JPBucks3's picture

Two things that stood out to me in his film. He seems to love contact and not shy away from it at all and along with that seems to be a very sure tackler! Welcome to buckeye nation!!

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Really?  I saw his love for contact but noted that he's going to need some fundamental work on wrapping up when tackling.  He's a big boy and lays the lumber, but their are TEs, RBs, WRs, and QBs at the next level that are as big as him and won't go down like that.  Nonetheless, I look forward to him developing into another great Buckeye.

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Ohio State Ombre's picture

always great to get these guys that know what it means to be a buckeye, athlete or not. awesome addition and cant wait to see him on the field

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Since Ted Ginn Jr., Donte Whitner, and Troy Smith were there (laughs). Ohio State has always been my dream school.

I'm a solid commit. You won't see me decommitting like other guys. I promise I will work hard and we will get that crystal ball! Go Bucks!
Loved these.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Hovenaut's picture

Love seeing the follow ups from these guys, seeing their excitement in becoming a Buckeye. Welcome aboard Chris, may all your successes come true.

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Welcome aboard the Buckeye Nation Chris!
Gotta love Ted Ginn Sr.!!! 

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

You can't hate the kid's approach.  Definitely excited to see what he brings to the field.

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

Worley seems like a pure football player. This 2013 class is going to be loaded with character (as well as talent).
I'm guessing that Worley's best "chance to play early" would be at star, even if he ends up being a multi-positional player over his career?

kareemabduljacobb's picture

Love Worley, but his whole loving tOSU since Ginn Jr, Smith and Whitner days has me feeling old and I'm only turning 26 this year!! haha.

BuckeyeCash22's picture

probably my favorite part of his highlight film is that a lot the clips were from games vs. Ignatius, and St. Eds...He was competing against some of the best competition in NE Ohio, and making plays all over the place...reminds me a lot of Hines too. 

bassplayer7770's picture

I could easily see Chris being groomed into a great DB for the Buckeyes.  Seems to have very solid speed and can also hit hard.  It will be interesting if the staff decides to build him up to play LB.
Welcome to Buckeye Nation, Chris!

fansince1968's picture

Best wishes & good luck Chris!

osubuckeye4life's picture

Welcome aboard young man! 
Thanks for keeping the Glenville-Columbus pipeline alive and well!