NCF On The Trail: Jeff Worthy

Midyear Signings:  Arizona

December, 18, 2013
According to, the following players have signed with Arizona:

Antonio Smothers ILB Gary, Ind./Scottsdale CC
HT: 6-2 WT: 240
Positional Rank: No. 2 ILB Juco
Stars: 3
ESPN JC50 (#47)

Jerrard Randall QB-DT Hollywood, Fla./Northeast Mississippi CC
HT: 6-1 WT: 190
Positional Rank: No. 1 QB-DT Juco
Stars: 3

Kaige Lawrence OG Victorville, Calif./Chaffey College
HT: 6-4 WT: 290
Positional Rank: No. 6 OG Juco
Stars: 3

Jeff Worthy DT Whittier, Calif./Santa Ana College
HT: 6-3 WT: 290
Positional Rank: No. 23 DT Juco
Stars: 3

Patrick Glover CB New Orleans/Scottsdale CC
HT: 6-1 WT: 190
Positional Rank: No. 20 CB Juco
Stars: 3

Jerod Cody DE Las Vegas/Glendale CC
HT: 6-2 WT: 250
Positional Rank: #14 DE Juco
Stars: 3

Top 2014 junior college classes 

December, 3, 2013
National signing day is quickly approaching, but first up is the midyear junior college signing period. The opportunity for juco prospects to sign with Football Bowl Subdivision programs starts Dec. 18, and several prospects have already made commitments. More commitments are likely to come between now and the start of the signing period, but with the release of the ESPN JC 50, let’s take a look at five programs (in alphabetical order) having success on the juco recruiting trail.

Arizona: The Wildcats have commitments from a half-dozen junior college prospects. Only one verbal, LB Antonio Smothers (Scottsdale, Ariz./Scottsdale CC) is in the ESPN JC 50. Smothers can give them a big, physical downhill run defender between the tackles. They might sit outside the top 50 in the recruiting rankings, but DT Jeff Worthy (Santa Ana, Calif./Santa Ana College) and OL Kaige Lawrence (Victorville, Calif./Chaffey) are solid pickups in the trenches. With the secondary featuring several upperclassmen, they also bring in some help with CB Patrick Glover (Gilbert, Ariz./Scottsdale CC) and instinctive and aggressive S Jamie Byrd (Dade City, Fla./Iowa Western).

'Zona, ASU make impressions on recruits 

November, 24, 2013
The Pac-12 conference was all but officially shut out of the national championship discussion this weekend, but that won't dampen the spirits of the program that caused the dismissal -- Arizona -- or the one that will benefit most from it -- Arizona State.

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Critical positions in Pac-12 recruiting 

September, 3, 2013

Recruiting for the 2014 class bumped up another notch this past Sunday, when college coaches could begin making their one phone call per week to high school seniors. Today, we take a look at what position group those Pac-12 coaches might consider their most important position to add talent with this class.

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Pac-12 class rankings analysis 

August, 7, 2013
Four Pac-12 schools find themselves in the top 40 this week, as Stanford and Arizona each pushed forward one space to land at 30 and 31, respectively, while USC and Washington round out the list, at 39 and 40. It's been a relatively slow start to the recruiting year for the Pac-12, as many of the top West region recruits continue to be intrigued by schools out of the area. But that didn't stop one Pac-12 program from going on a huge summer run of commitments.

Trending up: The Arizona Wildcats have been on fire this summer as Rich Rodriguez’s program has landed 19 verbal commitments between June 1 and Aug. 3. Commits say they love the Arizona coaching staff and how they relate to players. After adding a number of high school recruits on the offensive side of the ball, the Wildcats turned to the junior college ranks to tack on defensive players, including linebacker Antonio Smothers, defensive tackle Jeff Worthy and safety Jamie Byrd.

Trending down: USC will have an opportunity to right the ship once the season starts, but for right now, it’s easy to notice the momentum in Troy is not what it was at the end of last summer, when the Trojans held the No. 1 class in the country. Recently, running back Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom) left USC off his top 10 list and 2015 quarterback target Ricky Town (Ventura, Calif./St. Bonaventure), a local product for the Trojans, committed to Alabama.

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More defensive juco help for Zona

August, 3, 2013
Jeff Worthy (Santa Ana, Calif./Santa Ana College), a 6-foot-3, 290-pound defensive tackle, has elected to continue his career with the Wildcats, according to multiple reports.

Colorado, Fresno State and Texas State also extended scholarship offers to Worthy.

He's the fifth defensive prospect from the junior college ranks to select Arizona during this recruiting cycle.

The Wildcats have 22 total pledges and the nation's 32nd best class at this time.