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Posted on Sun, Jul 31, 2011 : 3:25 p.m.

Ohio defensive end Chris Wormley commits to Michigan football team

By Kyle Meinke

The Michigan football team’s heralded recruiting class already is ranked among the nation's best.

It just got a little stronger.

Four-star defensive end recruit Chris Wormley committed to the Wolverines on Sunday while on campus attending a barbecue hosted by the coaching staff for committed and uncommitted prospects.

Scout national recruiting analyst Allen Trieu was the first to report the commitment.

Wormley is 6-foot-5, 250 pounds and moves well for a player of that size. He is an end who projects to play on the strong side.

The Toledo, Ohio, native is the Wolverines’ 21st commitment for 2012, the most in the Big Ten. He is the 10th player from Ohio to pledge to Michigan, the Wolverines’ second-largest haul from that state since at least 2002.

Wormley is the fourth defense end to verbally commit to Michigan, joining four-stars Tom Strobel and Mario Ojemudia and three-star Pharaoh Brown. They're all from Ohio except Ojemudia, who plays at Farmington Hills Harrison.

Wormley told earlier this month he would announce his decision “soon.” When told experts were saying it’d be a “major shock” if he didn’t pick Michigan, he texted: “I wouldn’t say it’s true, but it’s not false.” and CBS already rank Michigan’s class No. 1 in the country, and Rivals pegged it at No. 3 in its latest rankings released today.

Kyle Meinke covers Michigan football for He can be reached at 734-623-2588, by email at and followed on Twitter @kmeinke.



Tue, Aug 2, 2011 : 2:43 p.m.

It sure is great to see Michigan finally receiving the players to be named later in the Justin Boren trade.


Mon, Aug 1, 2011 : 9:50 p.m.



Mon, Aug 1, 2011 : 6:05 p.m.

It's good to see Michigan is adding size back to the defensive side. I doubt Michigan will pick up any notable WRs this recruiting year. We'll probably see that next season, as this Michigan team appears to be focused on the rush. In the mean time, we'll have to hope the WR drops and bad passes from Denard improve, which I think will.


Mon, Aug 1, 2011 : 4:22 p.m.

Welcome, Chris. But let's not be deceivers. Theo 212 proves his mettle When he becomes a true BELIEVER


Mon, Aug 1, 2011 : 3:13 p.m.

I see alot of fans putting a lot of weight into "verbal" commitments from 16-17 year olds... Hoke better win quick and big. Glad to see the program gaining interest, but kids today are not known for the word.


Mon, Aug 1, 2011 : 2:51 p.m.

The Recruiting Song (sung to the tune of 'The Recruiting Song') Welcome, Chris. But let's not be deceivers. Hoke proves his mettle When he lands some RECEIVERS!

Blu n Tpa

Mon, Aug 1, 2011 : 2:45 p.m.

Another future football player, with talent and size to play in the Big Ten and the coaching staff to make it happen. Let's hope no one takes offense to having that combination since newly selected Hall of Fame HC left. Great, TiM Go Blue!


Mon, Aug 1, 2011 : 12:57 p.m.

This is a solid recruit.. imo I think with Brady and Mattison & crew's coaching,this kid will be a stud ! Mr Kalis was a big help in the recruitment of Mr.Wormley.. 6'-5" 250lb frame is an ideal for a DE ,and he has his senior yr in high school to be played yet.. This 2012 and beyond Michigan team is going to be very special,and talented . It feels great to be a Wolverine fan. A very warm welcome to Chris.. GO BLUE..


Mon, Aug 1, 2011 : 11:52 a.m.

It all looks good so far. Let's not put the, "cart before the horse". We've still got 2011 to enjoy and I think some folks are going to be pleasantly surprised at the talent potential we will field and I think there are good possibilities for this team in 2011. For me to think beyond 2011 is a waste of my time. I'm sure most of you have seen the rapid changes to the Mich. program in just the last year. I believe a lot can happen between now and 2012 so I'm just going to focus on 2011 and I'm going to enjoy this season which is right around the corner.


Mon, Aug 1, 2011 : 5:02 a.m.

I am starting to believe that everything is going to be all right around here.


Sun, Jul 31, 2011 : 9:48 p.m.

Nothing better than home(hoke)cooking. Welcome to michigan Chris.


Sun, Jul 31, 2011 : 9:47 p.m.

great pickup, welcome chris! know if we can land dunn? HAIL yes this is MICHIGAN! GO BLUE!


Sun, Jul 31, 2011 : 9:27 p.m.

Just got back this weekend from a wedding in Columbus, the bride went to Ohio State. I asked her if she would be mad if I slipped the DJ a $20 and he play "Hail to the Victors"... She did not think it was funny.


Mon, Aug 1, 2011 : 9:50 p.m.

HAHAHA! Nice!!


Mon, Aug 1, 2011 : 2:23 a.m.

Best laff i've had on these posts in a loooong while. TX.


Mon, Aug 1, 2011 : 12:17 a.m.

Maybe that's because it's "the victors" unless you're referencing some random song that nobody knows....?


Sun, Jul 31, 2011 : 8:27 p.m.

The D-line recruits have a ton of athleticism, just need 1 or 2 with some size and it will be an incredible haul....


Sun, Jul 31, 2011 : 8:21 p.m.

I'm really happy about this commitment. What a D-Line we're gonna have in the near future, particularly with the coaching we have now and emphasis on Defense. Lorain and Ghost, stop dogging each other please, we're all M fans. I agree with Ghost way more than Lorain, although Lorain has made better comments lately, except for the WCIMFH comments. Let's move on. Whatshisname is gone and he won't have anything to do with this years team, okay? On to bigger and better things, TiM, Go Blue!!!

Lorain Steelmen

Sun, Jul 31, 2011 : 8:08 p.m.

Great news! Great news! Wormley is another 'big addition' from Toledo Whitmer, who'll be joining Southview's Gant, and returnees, Kevin Koger also from Whitmer, Mealer from Swanton, and Kovachs form Oregon Clay. Go Blue!. Welcome to Michigan....