Wednesday, July 7, 2010


Toledo Whitmer defensive end, Chris Wormley

TOLEDO — In the motion picture Friday, whenever the character "Big Worm" comes rolling down the road, residents on the street run for cover. They quiver in their shoes just thinking that he may pay them a visit.

The same can also be said for opposing quarterbacks when Chris "Big Worm" Wormley steps onto the football field. All they can do is duck and run.

Wormley, a defensive end from Toledo Whitmer, is everything you look for in a pass rusher: big, strong, quick and athletic.

During his sophomore season in 2009, the young talent recorded 12 quarterback sacks for Whitmer, helping his team to a 9-1 regular season record and a berth in the Division I state playoffs.

Not bad for a player who is just half way through his high school career. His incredible play last season was well beyond his years and had college scouts already taking notice. He was definitely one player to keep an eye on in the future.

Well in recent weeks, those eyes have been opened even further, as the class of 2012 star has been absolutely skyrocketing up recruiting boards at an amazing clip due to his stellar performances in various elite scouting showcases — most notably the Ohio State Position Camp late last month.

The 6-foot-6, 255 pound junior-to-be definitely caught the attention of the Ohio State coaching staff on hand.

Although he has not been offered by Ohio State as of yet, there is no doubt that "Big Worm" will be receiving one from the Buckeyes in the very near future.

And, Wormley likes everything Ohio State has to offer, too.

"O-State is definitely in the top five schools of my choice," Wormley told The Buckeye Times on Wednesday. "The atmosphere of the place just makes you feel at home. All the coaches are nice and make you feel comfortable."

Of course, Ohio State isn't the only school that's showing the rising star great attention. Wormley said that Cincinnati, Michigan, Michigan State and Iowa are some of the schools who have been showing great interest in him early on, and he's excited about each and every one of them.

In fact, when I asked who his favorite team is Wormley replied, "Well, ever since I was a kid I've liked Michigan."

Now that's not something Buckeye fans want to hear, now is it?

"I also like Florida," Wormley continued.

Talk about adding insult to injury, huh?

The Toledo native did follow it up by saying that childhood favorites don't necessarily translate into verbal commitments.

"I mean those were the schools I've rooted for," Wormley said of Michigan and Florida. "But the school I've rooted for don't really matter when it comes to the school, coaches and the football program."

You can catch your breath now, Buckeye fans!

Wormley also plays at the same high school as OSU class of 2011 commit, Kenny Hayes.

Hayes plays opposite of Wormley on the Whitmer defensive line and has been a great example for the young up-and-comer.

"Playing alongside Kenny, he's been a great role model," Wormley said. "He has taught me a lot of things. We're like a dynamic duo."

So, with Hayes already committed to the Buckeyes for 2011, will he have any influence on the possibility of his high school teammate joining him in college?

"It would be cool to play with Kenny at O-State," Wormley said. "He is always egging me on to go there.

"He might have some influence in my decision, because it's like a piece of home away from home."

Definitely stay tuned ...