Local college notebook: Smyrna lineman Wormley has big attention from colleges

Smyrna junior lineman Saleem Wormley added Notre Dame and West Virginia offers just this week. (Delaware State News file photo)

SMYRNA — Mike Judy knew Saleem Wormley was going to be a Division I college football player.

But even the Smyrna High coach is a little surprised how quickly Wormley has exploded on the national stage during recruitment.

Wormley, a current junior offensive lineman at Smyrna, has received about 10 Division I offers, Judy said. Most have come from teams in the Big 10 and Atlantic Coast Conference.

“It’s a surprise, not that he doesn’t deserve it, but we normally don’t see this for a kid in Delaware,” Judy said. “We knew he was a scholarship athlete going into this year. His highlight tape is phenomenal and, with the internet and social media being the way they are, it’s very easy to share these highlights and get the message out there.”

Wormley added Notre Dame and West Virginia offers just this week. He also has received offers from Rutgers, Maryland, Boston College, Wake Forest and Pittsburgh in the past month.

“These coaches call and they’ve already seen the film,” Judy said. “But when they call they want to know two things: Is he a hard worker? How are his grades? With Saleem, you can check both those boxes as a plus. That’s why you’re seeing these offers just come back-to-back-to-back.”

Wormley played mostly defensive line as a sophomore before moving to the offensive line as a junior. The 6-foot-4, 300-pounder helped lead Smyrna to its third-straight state championship this past fall and earned a spot on the All-State first team.

“He’s got long arms and all the measurables to play offensive line,” Judy said. “He’s very athletic for a big man with great hips and great feet.”
Judy said he could see Wormley ending up with close to 30 Division I offers by the end of the summer.

“Nothing would surprise me now,” Judy said. “Word gets out quickly. If one team offers, that’s usually followed by all their competitors, as we’ve seen. He’s definitely one on the rise with his stock and his ability.”

Wesley in stretch drive

Wednesday’s 72-65 win at Marymount was a big one for the Wesley College men’s basketball team.

The Wolverines were tied with the Saints for the sixth and final spot in the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament.

But Wesley (7-8 CAC, 11-11 overall) still has its hands full as it tries to lock up a spot in the tourney. The Wolverines’ last three regular-season opponents — Mary Washington, Salisbury and Frostburg State — are all ahead of them in the leagues standings.

Wesley starts that stretch by hosting Mary Washington (11-4, 17-5) today at 3 p.m. The Wolverines fell to the Eagles just 88-84 on Jan. 3.

CR grad on watch list

Rosa’Lynn Burton

Former Caesar Rodney High standout Rosa’Lynn Burton will start her sophomore season on the Wilmington University softball team with some high expectations.

The outfielder was recently named to the watch list for the National Fastpitch Coaches Association/Schutt Sports Division II National Player of the Year award.

Burton was a second-team NFCA All-American last spring when she hit .463 as a freshman. That average ranks her fifth in NCAA Division II among returning players.

The left fielder also set multiple single-season records for the Wildcats’ program last year, including hits (88), runs (57), triples (7), batting average, total bases (117), and stolen bases (45). Her 45 stolen bases were third-most in Division II last year.

Along with being a first-team all-CACC selection, she was the conference’s Rookie of the Year.

Caruso gutted it out

Delaware football coach Danny Rocco’s announcement on Wednesday that quarterback J.P. Caruso had offseason shoulder surgery was a little bit of a surprise.

The former transfer from Appalachian State transfer started the last six games of the season in the fall. Rocco said Caruso took a number of hits when he came in against Stony Brook and led the Blue Hens to a come-from-behind victory.

“He wasn’t the same the next week,” Rocco. “He then had a week or two where he didn’t throw on Thursday.

“We managed it. J.P.’s a tough kid. He did everything he could to make it through — and he did. But those are sometimes the things that are going on behind the scene that aren’t always front and center.”

Rocco expects Caruso to be able to take part in spring practice — which starts on March 13 — but it remains to be seen how much he’ll be able to do. Of course, while having surgery for an injury is never a good thing, there’s always a chance that Caruso will be better than he was after he recovers.

“Sometimes, when we have these corrective procedures, you come out feeling better than you have in a long time,” said Rocco. “There’s some real optimism to that.”

Notes

• It’s been a tough couple weeks for the Delaware men’s basketball team, which takes a seven-game losing streak into today’s 2 p.m. game at William & Mary.

But guard Ryan Daly (ankle injury), who’s missed the last four games, is no longer using crutches and is now considered questionable for Thursday night’s game at Towson. He’s the Blue Hens’ leading scorer at 16.9 ppg.

• Delaware State’s women’s bowling team has held on to the No. 6 spot in the latest national Top 25 poll. The only teams ahead of the Hornets are No. 1 Nebraska, defending national champ McKendree, Arkansas State, Vanderbilt and Sam Houston State.

• Since last season, the DSU men’s basketball team has lost 28 straight games against Division I opponents. The Hornets are still ranked last in the RPI ratings among the 351 Division I programs in the country.

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