May 1, 2010

Wormley shines at NIKE camp

The Nike Camp was not only about class of 2011 prospects with many of the Midwest's top underclassmen in attendance at the Woody Hayes Athletic Complex. Toledo (Ohio) Whitmer defensive end Chris Wormley is a definite contender for being the top player in the state of Ohio for the class of 2012 and on Saturday he was eager to show was he was capable of doing.

The defensive end looked good in his one-on-one drills and was one of the more polished products on the field. Wormley comes out of a strong program but knows that as a student of the game that he can always pick new things up under the camp setting.

"It was a great experience and I learned a lot of things about my hands and getting off the ball," Wormley said. "I learned that I can play with anybody."

2012 prospects cannot receive written offers until September 1st of their senior year but that hasn't stopped schools from being all over the big time prospect, including the Buckeyes.

"Recruiting is going pretty well," Wormley said. "Ohio State, Cincinnati, Indiana and Michigan State are contacting me the most."

There could be some bad news for Buckeye fans with Wormley admitting that he has always been a Michigan fan. The Toledo area has always been in that demilitarized zone between the states of Ohio and Michigan. But the good news can be that the Wolverines have not really been pushing that hard to date with Wormley.

"They have been showing me a little bit of love but not all that much," Wormley said.

Just because Wormley is a Michigan fan it doesn't mean that he discounts the interest from the Buckeyes. There are very few players within the state borders that don't take pause when the Buckeyes come calling. What is it about Ohio State that makes them such a desirable destination for so many Ohio players?

"They have a great coach, great defensive coordinator and defensive coaches," Wormley said. "Plus obviously their tradition."

Wormley is teammates with class of 2011 commit Kenny Hayes and the future Buckeye is all about trying to bring his current teammate along to be a future teammate at the collegiate level

"Yeah, he works me every day," Wormley said. "He will say, 'Chris, you going to Ohio State? Going to Ohio State? Going to Ohio State?' I just laugh at him."

There are going to be multiple things that go into Wormley's decision including the education, proximity and the football program. It should be an interesting battle between the Bucks and Wolverines when it comes down to it but Wormley is not ready to call it a two horse race.

"It's still really early," Wormley said.

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