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Friday, January 11, 2013
Worley's play fits OSU mold

By Brad Bournival

Christopher Worley (Cleveland/Glenville) set the tone early as a senior in a season-opening loss to 2010 Division I state champion St. Edward.

It came on a simple counter run play by the Eagles but showed just why the three-star linebacker picked up the image of a big-time player with big-time college interest.

Now an Ohio State commit, what Worley showed that Saturday afternoon was what played out many times over the next 10 weeks.

The St. Edward running back took the handoff, ran through a hole on the right and there stood Worley -- with a bone-jarring hit that stopped the runner in his tracks.

A three-star linebacker out of Glenville -- incidentally he is the 20th Tarblooder to join the Buckeyes since 2002 -- what Worley brings to the table can be measured in tackles for loss and interceptions, but also in intimidation.

At 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, Worley can’t be missed on the football field. When he delivers one of his trademark hits, the outside linebacker brings oohs and aahs to the delight of many in the crowd.

But Worley is more than just a solid linebacker, he’s also a versatile defender as he played a hybrid role for the Tarblooders this season, often dropping into coverage.

On a team known for success, where Worley stood out the most came in his leadership quality. The Tarblooders are a team loaded with talent -- Marcelys Jones is already an Ohio State commit, while teammates Marshon Lattimore and Erick Smith are rising juniors on unofficial visits at Ohio State this weekend -- Worley is the catalyst for the squad.

That should mesh nicely in the years to come as he joins ESPN 150 linebackers Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett) and Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian) for what could be a solid linebacker core the next four years.