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Worthy picks Arizona

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Jeff Worthy romanticizes the situation.
When asked why he decided to commit to Arizona before ever playing a junior college game, the Santa Anna Community College defensive lineman paints a picture.There's no mention of playing time or how he'll fit in with the defense. Instead, he starts discussing feelings.
"When I was up there on my visit, I looked into the field and looked into the stadium," Worthy said. "I could just feel the energy coming out of the field. It was just a weird feeling. There wasn't anybody there but I could feel it."
And so Worthy who split with Boise State after some trouble with team rules, rode his feeling into a verbal commitment. He waited a week after the visit to reflect and talk things over with his family. Once that was said and done, he made the phone call.
"I called Coach [Rich] Rodriguez to commit about 10 minutes ago," he said. "I think the opportunity was too good to pass up. They just have a vision there."
Maybe the commitment was too fresh in his mind. Maybe the 290-pound defensive tackle was too overcome to talk specifics. Whatever the case, Worthy has trouble describing the tangible reasons for his choice.
This, it seems, was the product of instinct.
"I had that feeling," Worth said. "I had the vibe. The coaches are great and the opportunity is too great to turn down. I wanted to wait for some more offers, but I felt that they wanted me and that's where I wanted to go. It's a good fit."
Worthy, a three star prospect out of high school, says he expects other schools to call him as he plays his first season at Santa Ana but does not intend to waiver on his commitment or take other visits.
"I want to stay committed to them," Worth said. 'I know that you should be able to trust my word. I'm not out to sneak behind anybody's back or anything like that. Coaches are going to call me, but I'm going to let them know that I'm a Wildcat and tell them to bear down."
Worthy chose Arizona over offers from Colorado, Fresno State, Texas State and Western Kentucky. He was receiving wide-ranging interest from a number of other schools.
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