July 5, 2010

Alabama wide receiver making plans to commit

T.J. Worthy worked for months to impress Ole Miss enough to earn a scholarship offer.

When it finally came immediately following his impressive appearance at the Rebels' elite camp last month, the Gadsden City, Ala., wide receiver decided to wait until his emotions settled before making a hasty decision.

A month later, nothing has changed and Worthy is running out of reasons to wait.

Ole Miss is my No. 1," Worthy said. "I'm going up there on the 17th and my recruiting will probably end then. …It's going to be a really big day."

Worthy, a 6-foot-2, 180-pounder who ran a 4.5-second 40-yard dash at Ole Miss' camp, appears poised to choose the Rebels over Memphis, UAB, Southern Mississippi and others. The Rebels, already the leaders prior to the scholarship offer, have built a lead that could only be overcome by "something drastic," Worthy said. "I was just really proud that all my hard work paid off. Ole Miss is in the SEC and that's where I want to be."

Worthy said he and Ole Miss wide receivers coach Ron Dickerson Jr. "talk every week two times a week. We talk about everything. Sometimes we don't even talk about football. We just talk about life, period. I look at him like a big brother or another father to me.

"My family loves Ole Miss. They love the FedEx facility, the stadium, the coaches, everything about it."

Worthy spent the weekend in Tuscaloosa, Ala., playing for Team Alabama in the Badger Sports Elite 7-on-7 National Championships. During the tournament, he faced the South Florida Express (which went on to win the title) and got a chance to compete against Miami (Southridge), Fla., four-star defensive backs Andrew Johnson and Gerrod Holliman, both of whom committed to Ole Miss late Sunday.

"They're cool," Worthy said. "I went up against both of them. They're real good. They looked like very good athletes to me. Really, we were talking smack to each other."

Worthy also got a chance to renew acquaintances with Raleigh, Miss., four-star wide receiver Donte Moncrief, who he talks to regularly since meeting on the camp circuit.

"Donte is like a brother to me," Worthy said. "We're real close."

The camps and the 7-on-7 tournaments, Worthy said, have also refined his game.

"My game has improved a lot since I went to Ole Miss' camp," Worthy said. "I've been working on my hands a lot with this machine. I've really helped my hand-eye coordination. I'm getting healthy, too. My groin's good now. I'm feeling great."

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