Arizona Wildcats football: Former Boise State lineman commits to UA

2013-08-03T09:15:00Z Arizona Wildcats football: Former Boise State lineman commits to UADaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
August 03, 2013 9:15 am  • 

The commitment run continues.

Rich Rodriguez and the Arizona Wildcats landed their third junior college commitment in as many days this morning when Santa Ana (Calif.) Community College defensive lineman Jeff Worthy pledged to the UA. 

Worthy began his college career at Boise State, but was dismissed from the team in February after being suspended for most of the 2012 season for breaking unspecified team rules. 

"blessed beyond words! just made the commitment to the university of arizona! #BearDown #UofA #blessed #RoseBowl #herewecome," Worthy tweeted this morning.

Like the two players that committed before him the last two days--Iowa Western safety Jamie Byrd and Scottsdale Community College linebacker Antonio Smothers--Worthy is expected to graduate in December and join the team in time for spring drills next year.

Worthy is listed at 6-feet-4-inches and 285 pounds by the Scout.com recruiting service. Scout has him rated as a two-star recruit. Rivals.com rated him as a three-star. 

Out of high school, Worthy had offers from several big-time programs including UCLA, ASU, Oregon State, Washington State, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota and others before choosing Boise State. 

Originally a product of Whittier Christian High School in La Habra, Calif., Worthy redshirted the 2011 season for the Broncos before running into his near season-long suspension last season. 

He's the 23rd player to commit to the UA for 2014, meaning the Wildcats are already nearing a complete class. After signing just one junior college player last year, the UA already has commitments from six JC players for 2014. 

Worthy is also the ninth player in the last eight days to commit to the UA. The lineman attended last weekend's red carpet event at the new Lowell-Stevens Football Facility. 

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Daniel Berk began covering UA football in 2013 after spending two-plus years as the Star's high school sports coordinator. Previously, he served as the sports editor and NAU beat writer for the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff for three years.

A University of Kansas graduate and St. Louis native, Berk is still getting used to 350 days of sunshine, the relentless "dry heat" of the summer and the fact that Tucson doesn't have a real hockey rink.

Contact Daniel at dberk@azstarnet.com or by calling 573-4330. Follow him on Twitter @DSBerk.

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