Vols add QB Justin Worley

by Justin Hopkins on July 2, 2010

in Tennessee Vols Football Recruiting

Justin WorleyCommitted this morning to Tennessee over what offers from Notre Dame and LSU. It was widely speculated by most that Worley would head to Notre Dame, with LSU jumping in the picture late. However the one constant in the equation was always Tennessee.

Worley confirmed via text to Volnation this morning: “I committed to Tennessee this morning and I’m very excited.”

Great news as Tennessee get’s their man, and it’s perhaps a big signature pickup for head coach Derek Dooley.

ESPN Scouts Inc Evaluation:

Worley is a pocket passer with very good height and the ability to make all the necessary throws. He is an accomplished deep ball passer with touch and the ability to drop the ball in over-the-top of coverage. Worley has adequate bulk at this stage and the frame to grow. He can scan the field and does a good job of finding passing lanes. He is not a great athlete and only has decent speed, but he has very good pocket presence and does a good job of avoiding the rush. He will feel the pocket collapsing around him and will use his foot quickness to sidestep the pursuing pass rusher in order to buy himself a lot of second-chance passing opportunities. Does a good job keeping his eyes downfield under duress. Does a nice job of getting the ball up and out of his hand quickly in the short passing game. His mechanics aren’t necessarily traditional, but he has a quick release, is able to vary his release point and shows very good consistency. He’s an accurate, efficient passer. Won’t take a lot of risks. Does an excellent job of protecting the football and avoiding throws into traffic. He will consistently do a good job of leading his receivers. Has touch and timing on short-to-intermediate throws and some surprising zip when he needs it. Worley is a tough player who competes hard and isn’t afraid to take off and run when nothing becomes available to him in the passing game. He has very good physical tools, but not elite. He can be unorthodox in his methods and tends to “cup” the ball with his palm. Delivery can be difficult to describe, but the end result and his overall productivity is sound. Worley is currently in the shotgun and will have to develop consistent footwork and gain experience dropping from center as a pocket passer. He is efficient and at his best when protected in the pocket and getting the ball out quickly.

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