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Glenville athlete not focusing on recruiting

4/25/2012

Chris Worley is the latest BCS prospect at Cleveland Glenville, but that does not mean his attention is on recruiting right now. Instead, Worley is working in the classroom and on becoming a leader to get he and his teammates prepared for the 2012 season after Glenville missed the playoffs this past fall.

“I have a couple offers, but right now I’m focusing on school and the ACT, getting better with my teammates,” Worley said.

Worley said he works out "about every day of the week” and brings in teammates and non-Glenville players from Cleveland to train on weekends sometimes. Worley said that will help in the fall when it is his time to be the unquestioned leader of the defense.

“[Leadership] comes with working out,” he said. “When it’s time to listen, it’s more of a friendship.”

At 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, Worley spent most of his time at linebacker but said he could play some safety this coming season. Worley hopes to get to 210 pounds soon, and assistant coach Tony Overton would not be surprised if he does.

“His frame is ridiculous,” Overton said. “He plays linebacker for us but might end up being a college safety. He’s a real rangy guy, definitely a guy who gets to the ball. He’s got some [Ohio State signee and former Glenville safety] De’Van Bogard in him. He could look like a LaRon Landry type.”

Much like Bogard, Worley could end up signing with Ohio State in February. The Buckeyes have offered, joining the likes of Arkansas, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Illinois and West Virginia. The Buckeyes and the Fighting Illini are his last two offers.

“[The Ohio State offer] came out of nowhere,” he said. “Coach [Ted] Ginn called me about two new offers, and Illinois was the same thing.

“They’re two big offers.”