Fresno (CA) Central East wide receiver Xavier Worthy committed to Michigan on Friday afternoon. He picked the Wolverines over offers from Alabama and Oregon, among others.
Worthy is listed at 6’1″ and 170 lbs. As a junior in 2019, he caught 54 passes for 992 yards and 16 touchdowns. He ran a 10.55 in the 100 meters as a high school sophomore, and he ran a 21.41 in the 200 meters.
ESPN: 4-star, 84 grade, #22 WR, #126 overall
Rivals: 3-star WR, 5.6 grade
247 Sports: 4-star, 93 grade, #11 WR, #95 overall
Hit the jump for more on Worthy’s commitment.
Worthy always seemed like a long shot to end up at Michigan, as with most Californians. A lot of them show interest early, and then it becomes too much of a distance factor for them. That trend has continued in recent years with the likes of Devin Asiasi and Kekoa Crawford, who transferred to UCLA and Cal, respectively. But there is a contingent of California players currently on the team, including Jeffrey Persi, Giles Jackson, Zach Charbonnet, and Darion Green-Warren, so perhaps they can all draw more high-level prospects from out west. I had my doubts that Michigan could land Worthy after Alabama stepped in with an offer, but it looked like Oregon would be the biggest threat until recently. That relationship fell through, though, and Worthy postponed his commitment until July 10, ultimately picking the Wolverines.
Worthy is a speedster and has a chance to be the most explosive wide receiver at Michigan since the great Eddie McDoom.
…okay, I whiffed on Eddie McDoom. It appears the main reason was a lack of hands/concentration, but Worthy could be what I thought McDoom would be. It’s tough to say if he suffers from drops based on highlight film, but I have not seen that raised as a concern. Worthy offers upside as a returner, he has some shiftiness, and his acceleration/burst are excellent. Michigan could get the ball to him in a variety of ways, including bubble routes, kick returns, punt returns, jet sweeps, vertical routes, etc. With his size he could be a little more of a vertical threat, and if he’s willing to work across the middle, he could be Ronnie Bell-but-fast.
On the negative side, Worthy is rail-thin like a lot of high school receivers, and if defenders are lucky enough to get hand on him, they can really slow him down to let the troops rally and gang tackle. That should be a point of emphasis in the weight room.
Overall, Worthy is an excellent prospect who could play from day one. I gave McDoom a TTB Rating of 89, and I’ll roll the dice again, counting on Worthy’s hands to be better.
The last Michigan signee from California was 2020 commit Darion Green-Warren. Michigan has not landed a prospect from Central East before. Michigan now has 20 commitments in the class of 2021, and Worthy joins Clayton (OH) Northmont’s Markus Allen (LINK) as the two receivers in the class so far.
TTB Rating: 89
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