Michigan has added its 21st commitment in the class of 2012 at the BBQ at the Big House today, as Scout’s Allen Trieu is reporting that Toledo (OH) Whitmer defensive end Chris Wormley has pledged to the Wolverines. With several Michigan commitments in attendance at the barbeque today, it appears Wormley — who has long been considered a Michigan lock — got caught up in the excitement and was finally convinced that it was time to end his recruitment:
Wormley has a very solid recruiting profile, ranked as high as No. 57 in the country by 247Sports, with only Rivals not giving him a four-star ranking. According to Scout, Wormley racked up 59 tackles and 12 sacks as a junior last season, and here’s Trieu’s scouting report on Wormley:
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. – Allen Trieu
“Naturally massive” is a pretty fair assessment, as the consensus on Wormley is that he stands around 6-5, 250 pounds, making him an ideal candidate for that strongside DE spot. According to Rivals, Wormley held offers from Ohio State, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Toledo, and Cincinnati, and both Scout and 247 report interest but no offer from Penn State. That list likely would have been larger had Wormley’s recruitment not been so clearly focused on the Midwest and, specifically, Michigan.
Much more on Wormley’s commitment, including the ramifications for the rest of the 2012 class, will be coming in the near future from Jack Slice.