Another Quarterback Competition in the Making?
Justin Worley, a high school quarterback from Rock Hill, South Carolina (Northwestern H.S.), was named today the Gatorade National Player of the Year. Past winners of this award include Peyton Manning.
This season, his school won the South Carolina State Championship (Class AAAA-Div II). Worley passed for 5,315 yards and 64 TDs. That’s sixty-four touchdown passes this season.
Oh, and he has a 4.07 GPA.
The significance of all this is that Worley is a Tennessee Volunteer commitment. He plans to enroll early at UT and participate at spring practice.
Other schools on Worley’s list of interest are Arizona State, East Carolina, Florida, Florida State, Kentucky, LSU, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Stanford, and Texas Tech.
Worley’s commitment is verbal at this point. So, the emergence of freshman Tyler Bray as the Vols’ likely QB of the future leaves me a bit worried about Worley de-commiting and going to another school where the QB position looks to be more up in the air.
But what if Worley really wants to be a Vol regardless of the current situation? His presence at spring camp might prove interesting at the least. And, red-shirted or not, his role as a rival for the top QB spot a couple of years from now might just make a lot of us look back at this season’s QB controversy.
Remember that Bray is 4-0 as a starting QB, but that perfect mark is against the likes of Memphis, a 4-8 Ole Miss, a poor Vandy, and a team that hasn’t defeated Tennessee for 26 straight years.
Could Worley be leading the Vols to challenge for the SEC crown in the coming years instead of our current freshman flame?