Ohio State football notebook: Defensive standout from Cleveland Glenville commits
Christopher Worley started his official visit to Ohio State yesterday, though the defensive player from Cleveland Glenville needed no more convincing. He became the 22nd commitment to the 2013 recruiting class soon after his arrival.
“I’ve just committed to The Ohio State Buckeyes!” Worley tweeted late yesterday afternoon.
His high-school coach, Ted Ginn Sr., expected as much, saying, “That’s what he intended to do once he got there.”
Worley, who had to gain a qualifying pre-enrollment test score before gaining a formal scholarship offer from the Buckeyes, lends versatility to a class already replete with blue-chip defensive personnel, at least according to recruiting analysts. He’s considered a strong safety prospect but could grow to an outside linebacker, Ginn said.
“They are getting a quality guy and a very intelligent athlete,” Ginn said. “He is a guy who will come in and contribute, and understand the philosophy of Ohio State.”
Five members of the 2013 class already are enrolled in spring semester. They are quarterback J.T. Barrett of Wichita Falls, Texas; defensive ends Tracy Sprinkle of Elyria, and Tyquan Lewis of Tarboro, N.C.; and cornerbacks Eli Apple of Voorhees, N.J., and Cam Burrows of Trotwood.
Joining them are two walk-on fullbacks. One is William Houston of Dublin Scioto. He is the son of former Ohio State fullback William Houston and Cynthia Rawls.
The other is transfer Devin Hill, previously of Northland High School. He spent a season at Wittenberg in 2010 before transferring to Purdue, according to a Wittenberg spokesman. He was listed as a third-year sophomore at Purdue last season.
Meyer likes Barrett
Alhough Barrett is on the mend from midseason knee surgery that cut short his senior year, coach Urban Meyer said yesterday that he’s looking forward to what he thinks the quarterback can bring in terms of work ethic.
“I hope he brings a little something our quarterback position can use, and that’s a grinder, a guy that’s just nonstop,” Meyer said. “Like the Alex Smiths of the world, they wake up in the morning and they are a quarterback all day long, and they go to sleep, and the next day they wake up again and they’re a quarterback all day long.”
Barrett will be limited in terms of running drills during the offseason conditioning work, but Meyer said he should be able to work on his passing.