Name: Chris Wormley
Location: Toledo, OH
Ratings: ESPN – 4* (80), Scout – 4*, 247 Sports - 4*
Recruitment: Chris Wormley grew up as a big Michigan fan, but throughout his sophomore and junior years at high school he insisted that both Michigan and Ohio State were his co-leaders. In fact, no other schools even came close to consideration. I think Wormley would have chosen Michigan in the end no matter what, but the trouble at OSU undoubtedly made his decision much easier. He committed to Michigan during the Big House BBQ at the end of July.
Offers: Michigan, Ohio State, Florida (not 100% sure), MSU, Illinois, Cincinnati.
Stats: Currently stands at 6’5 and 250lbs, with no reported 40 yard dash time. As a sophomore he made 59 tackles and 12 sacks.
ESPN Analysis: Wormley is a good looking defensive end prospect and displays the tools to be a tough defender against the run and pass. He is a kid with good size for a high school prospect with nice height and bulk. His current size may suggest he could out grow the end position and it is possible, but we feel he has the tools to stay at end for the long haul.
Very good in run defense, using good burst and pad level to maintain his ground and then shed through his block once he locates the ball carrier. Also has a wide range of pash rushing moves which along with his quickness of the ball make him very tough to block; he capitalizes well on any mistake an opponent makes against him.
Overall is a very solid DE prospect with the skills and size to contribute early in his college career.
Scout Analysis: Tremendous size and ability. Likely a strongside end, but could also play inside. Ideal five-tech. Turned it up another notch in terms of motor and consistent effort as a junior. When we saw him as a sophomore, he just overpowered his opposition. Last year, because I think he saw a few top prospects and, he started to turn up the intensity. He's a naturally massive kid and moves well for that size.
Improvements: His lack of intensity has been an issue brought up by a few analysts, but I wouldn't worry too much about that with Hoke, Mattison and Montgomery watching over him. 'Lateral Range' is also listed on scout as a weakness.Film Highlights: Link here. (sophomore film)
Final Thoughts: Wormley has been one of Michigan's top targets for a long time now, dating back to the RR era, so it feels great to finally have him committed. He's received some criticism this off season, but I fully expect him to answer those critics with an outstanding senior year.
Wormley will more than likely play strongside DE, a position that will be up for grabs in 2012 after Ryan Van Bergen graduates. With his good size and skill set, Wormley will be competing for the starting role straight away.
As for the rest of the class, this commitment doesn't have too much of an effect on the projected class because it was so highly expected. Will they take another DE? Probably not, unless it's Washington.