We learned a few days ago that Fresno (CA) Central East wide receiver Xavier Worthy would not be making good on his pledge to play for the Wolverines. Despite signing his National Letter of Intent, he requested out of it and will presumably be granted that request. In modern times it’s not worth the public relations hit to reject those requests.
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Worthy was a 4-star, the #8 wide receiver, and #61 overall in the 2021 class. I gave him a TTB Rating of 89 when he committed in June of 2020 (LINK). He has ridiculous speed (10.55 in the 100 meters as a sophomore), but he missed a year of development this past season when California high school football was postponed to the spring. Worthy planned to graduate in December, ending his high school career.
Concrete details about what happened between Worthy and Michigan are not available, but the mix-up appears to have been between Worthy and admissions. He adjusted his high school class schedule to graduate early, and then he was not admitted to school. Was it Worthy’s fault for not doing what he needed to do? Or was it Michigan’s admissions department screwing up by not communicating what exactly needed to be done? Nobody really knows.
I have seen a lot of people blaming Michigan’s admissions department, but I’ll say this: Numerous recruits graduate early each year and enroll in January without incident.
Regardless, Michigan’s 2021 class is now missing its #3 highest ranked recruit (behind QB J.J. McCarthy and RB Donovan Edwards). And the Wolverines – who lost Worthy’s friend Giles Jackson to Washington via the transfer portal – are now missing two guys who would have been two key components of #speedinspace.
Worthy flirted with Alabama during the recruiting cycle, and rumors are rampant that he will end up at Texas, where Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian is now the head coach.
Jackson is the first player from the 2021 signing class to depart.
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