When William Penn Charter (Philadelphia) athlete Daryl Worley trimmed to a top thee a month ago, the appearance of a leader was evident in that his only planned visit was to Morgantown, W.V.
Well, that two-day visit ended Monday, and ended with the 6-foot, 180-pound safety/receiver committing to West Virginia.
“West Virginia it is!,” Worley announced via text to FOXSportsNEXT. “Just left from my visit and it’s official. …I’m a Mountaineer!”
Moments later Worley spoke about his decision.
“I met with every coach on the staff,” Worley said. “Everyone basically went crazy. It feels great. It’s a great relief. I know the calls are going to come in, but it’s great.”
Worley chose the Mountaineers over Syracuse and Pittsburgh, and he had a feeling about West Virginia for a while.
“It all started with the coaches in the spring,” he said. “I had a connection with them and it continued. Once I did my visits, everything felt right and it was definitely a place I could be, so I just went ahead and did it.”
Another selling point was West Virginia telling Worley he could chose his future position. He was being recruited by schools as a receiver and/or safety, and he has not yet decided which position he will play.
“They want me as a safety and on the offensive side of the ball,” Worley said. “They said I could pick it when I get there.
“Just being able to decide what you want to do, and being diverse as a player, was something that I liked. Their defense is more geared toward tempo. That’s the way I like to play in high school.”
Worley is also a track standout at William Penn, where he won the Inter-AC League title in the 100 meters (11.21 seconds), 200 meters (22.27) and the 400 meters (49.2).
Worley also likes West Virginia’s plan of attack in moving to the Big 12 next season.
“As far as what they’re trying to become and the big-time competition, they’re not afraid to go up against anyone,” he said. “The main player they kept talking about (in comparison) was Tavon Austin, and as far as mentality and the way we carry ourselves, we have a good connection.”