He doesn't offer up many details, but Jeff Worthy is upfront about his split with Boise State. He's come to terms with it. He's not passing blame or making excuses. He actually comes right out and says it.
"It didn't work out because I got myself in trouble," he says when asked about the circumstances that led to his dismissal from the Broncos' program in February. There's no reason to dwell on it, though. Not anymore.
No matter what happened in Idaho, one thing is clear: Worthy, now at California's Santa Ana Community College, will get a second chance. The location for his mulligan is yet to be determined. And while he currently lists offers from Arizona, Colorado, Western Kentucky and Texas State, it seems unlikely that his options will end there.
"I don't think I'm really going to get much more recruiting attention until I have film out there," Worthy said. "I was at Boise State for a couple years and when I transferred to Santa Ana, it was in February. So there really isn't any film yet."
For now, Worthy has a loose pecking order. Arizona leads the way. That's subject to change in the future, but, for now, the Wildcats have his full attention.
"Arizona is the most recent offer," Worthy said. "It was three days ago. I talked to Coach [Rich] Rodriguez and Coach [Rod] Smith. They basically told me that they just got a $75 Million new facility and stadium. So, that's pretty cool. The coaching staff seems to have a need at defensive line. It would be a good fit for that reason."
The conversation obviously made an impact. Worthy has already planned a trip to Tucson. He will take an unofficial visit to Arizona on the weekend of July 27 to investigate further.
"I definitely want to get as many visits as I can," he said. "I'm possibly going to Colorado, too. I don't really know about Fresno State."
Fresno State appears to be on the fringe of Worthy's recruitment already. Colorado, on the other hand, could be a player. There's much for Worthy to learn about the Buffs' program, but he's certainly willing to listen.
"I don't really know a whole lot about Colorado yet," Worthy said. "The coaches seem to really like me and they are going off of my film from high school, but they really like that."
Coaches from Oregon have recently contacted Worthy and are expected to make the trip to Santa Ana this season to get an in-person look at the 290-pound tackle. But the three-star prospect will be careful as new offers arrive and new interest builds.
"I know what to look for now," Worthy said. "I know what to look for in a coach and what is the right fit for me. That's where I feel like I'm at an advantage."