Coatesville's Worley 'committed' to Penn State

"I'm just waiting to see," says Worley.
"I'm just waiting to see," says Worley.
Posted: January 06, 2014

Coatesville's Daquan Worley said he's still "firmly committed" to playing football for Penn State, but added that he is "waiting to see how things transpire" with the school's choice of a replacement for coach Bill O'Brien.

The 5-foot-10, 175-pound cornerback, who committed to the Nittany Lions last May, said he "was kind of disappointed" that O'Brien had left to take over the NFL's Houston Texans.

"I say that because of the coach he is and the type of guy he is," Worley said. "But he's a hot commodity right now. He has to make the best decision for him and his family."

Worley, who also buoyed the Red Raiders as a running back and kick returner, cannot sign a binding letter of commitment until Feb. 5.

"I don't think anything has changed for Daquan," Coatesville coach Matt Ortega said. "Penn State has said it will move quickly when it comes to hiring a new coach. I guess we'll go from there when that happens."

Worley, a quick-footed senior, also had scholarship offers from Rutgers, Georgia Tech, Massachusetts, Old Dominion, and Pittsburgh. Georgia Tech, with its triple-option attack, considered him as a running back.

University of Miami coach Al Golden, the former Temple boss and Penn State assistant, is reportedly at the top of Penn State's wish list for its coaching vacancy.

It is also believed that the school's six-member search committee was looking at Vanderbilt's James Franklin, a Langhorne native who played quarterback at Neshaminy, and Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak.

"I don't really have a preference," Worley said. "I'm just waiting to see what Penn State does."

While things are being sorted out in State College, Worley has been staying in regular contact with two other Penn State recruits from the East Coast: Mark Allen, a running back from DeMatha Catholic (Md.), and Chris Godwin, a wide receiver from Middletown (Del.).

Worley is recovering from a torn right anterior cruciate ligament suffered while returning a punt against Ches-Mont League rival West Chester East in late October. He underwent surgery on Nov. 7.

Worley is receiving treatment, under the direction of Stephen Hopkins, at NovaCare Rehabilitation's Bala Cynwyd outpatient physical therapy center.

"It's going good," Worley said. "We're doing a lot of things, including squats and leg presses, to strengthen the knee. [Hopkins] is happy with the progress I'm making."

Worley, who rushed for 1,246 yards and 11 touchdowns in eight appearances last season, says he is scheduled to begin a running program in 3-4 weeks.


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