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WVU Commit Daryl Worley "Part of the Family"

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Daryl Worley went into West Virginia defensive coordinator Joe DeForest's office Monday as one of the team's top prospects and he left as its newest commit.

A Philadelphia native, Worley wanted to see Morgantown and the WVU facilities before he made his decision and after arriving on campus Sunday afternoon, he got the chance to do just that.

He spoke with the coaching staff and some of the current Mountaineers who were still in town working out and came away with the impression he hoped he would get from WVU.

On Monday, just before he left town to return home, he spoke with DeForest and let him know that his mind was made up, and the Mountaineers were his choice.

"At the end of that meeting, I told him and then we walked out into the lobby and the rest of the coaching staff was standing right there," says Worley. "I shook Coach Holgorsen's hand and then everyone knew."

While he was on campus, Worley got to chat with WVU running back Dustin Garrison and though the conversation was brief, he learned plenty from the sophomore rusher about what it is like to wear the team colors and represent the state.

Before his first few hours on campus had ended, he felt like he belonged.

"They keep everyone close and they treat everyone like a family," says Worley. "That's really good to see and I'm excited to be a part of it."

Worley says in speaking with DeForest, he knows that his athletic abilities could be used in a number of different ways for the Mountaineers. DeForest, who coaches safeties, mentioned both free and strong safety in addition to the "star" linebacker role.

When Worley, listed at 6-foot, 185 pounds, met the offensive staff, they wanted a piece of him, too. He mentions wide or inside receiver as possibilities, too, but says regardless of his full time position, he intends to be a real threat returning kicks.

"After sitting down with DeForest and he basically ran me through how they run their defense and the role that I could play, I felt like that could be me out there on the field," he says.

The reasons Worley chose to commit Monday went beyond what he heard from coaches and what he felt he could accomplish on the field, though. Morgantown itself is what he believes ultimately led to him feeling like it was time to pull the trigger and pledge to the Mountaineers.

"It's a quiet place. You can't really get in trouble there if you're doing what you're supposed to be doing as a football player. As long as I'm paying attention to why I came here, I'll be good," he says.

Worley, a 3-star prospect, is looking forward to seeing how his future teammates play in their first season in a new conference. As someone who is accustomed to east coast talent, playing for William Penn Charter School, the difference in geography and mentality is appealing.

"I love the Big 12," says Worley. "It's such a great conference and you're playing those down south teams that just love the game of football. It's football at its best."

With plenty of goals remaining for himself and his team as his senior season approaches, Worley will have an eye on the Mountaineers, as well.

"I'm already a part of the family here," he says, "so I'm just going to treat it like it's home."

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