Wolverine Recruiting Assessment: Why Xavier Worthy’s Suspension Is Not A Surprise

Add another chapter to Xavier Worthy’s dramatic recruiting saga.

The talented four-star recipient was one of the headliners in Michigan’s 2021 recruiting class, but he has asked the university to be released from his letter of intent before ever enrolling in Michigan.

Player # 61 and recipient # 8 in Class 2021 inked their NLI during the early signing period in December, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.

“However, since graduating from HS, I looked forward to starting my college career at the University of Michigan. Due to circumstances beyond my control, things did not go as planned – and I submitted an NLI clearance request, ”Worthy wrote in a post on Twitter on Thursday.

“For the coaching team in Michigan, I have only the greatest respect and appreciation for the opportunity presented to me. And I will always be grateful to Michigan fans for all the love and support you showed me. I am currently opening my recruitment agency looking for a new home to start my college football career. “

While Worthy’s exit could mean a huge loss for the Wolverines, it doesn’t come as a surprise. The 6-foot-1,160-pounder from Fresno, California had planned to enroll early in Michigan but announced earlier this year that it would not. He never revealed a reason and didn’t respond to a request for comment on Thursday, but he retweeted a tweet that was critical of Michigan’s admissions department.

Worthy is listed on the Michigan directory, which suggests he was accepted into the school. However, a university spokesperson told MLive that several factors could affect a student’s status, such as the need to provide additional credentials after admission.

But Thursday wasn’t the only twist in Worthy’s recruiting. He had originally signed up to the Wolverines in July, but seemed vacillating ahead of the early signing window. He and his mother made a self-guided visit to Alabama on November 28 and watched the high-level tide roll over Auburn 42-13.

Worthy announced that he would choose between Michigan and Alabama early on the day of the signing, but chose to stay with the Wolverines, which was considered a massive win at the time.

The quick wideout was seen as a potential prospect of immediate impact that could give Michigan more elite gaming skills in that position.

Worthy’s senior season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but he became a top recruit with a stellar junior year, scoring 55 passes for 992 yards and 16 touchdowns. In the second year he ran a 100-meter run of 10.55 seconds, which is immediately noticeable on the soccer field when you switch on his highlight tape.

Instead, Worthy will now catch passes on a different program. Ironically, Worthy’s close friend and fellow recipient Giles Jackson also stepped onto the transfer portal this off-season and has since opted for Washington. Jackson, who is also from California, played a key role in the recruitment of Worthy for Ann Arbor.

Also, offensive coordinator Josh Gattis pointed out a possible uncertainty with Worthy earlier this month when discussing his reception room.

“We’ve got the depth that we have on the receiver with AJ Henning, Roman Wilson, and then we add our two true newbies, Andrel Anthony and Cristian Dixon, too. Hopefully we’ll land in Xavier Worthy this summer,” Gattis said on the podcast “Inside the Trenches” with Jon Jansen. “We have a very fast space, they are sporty. They can run, they can move around with the ball in their hands, but now the point is to add the details to the routes and make the separation so that it is open. “

The Wolverines still have seven fellows on their roster, including each of the team’s leading pass catchers for the past two seasons in Ronnie Bell. Mike Sainristil and Cornelius Johnson are both entering the junior season, while sophomores Henning and Wilson are former four-star contestants who saw the field as true newbies in 2020.

Michigan signed two more recipients in the 2021 class – four-star Cristian Dixon and three-star Andrel Anthony – and both signed up early.

Meanwhile, Worthy’s recruitment continues. He reportedly had 21 offers from high school.

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