Smyrna offensive lineman Wormley trims college list to Penn State, Notre Dame and Rutgers

Smyrna junior lineman Saleem Wormley, 77,  right, is considered a four-star prospect.(Delaware State News file photo)

It’s getting closer and closer to Saleem Wormley’s commitment.

The Smyrna High offensive lineman has narrowed his college football recruitment to three teams.

The rising senior is down to Penn State, Notre Dame and Rutgers. Wormley said on his Twitter page he will give a verbal commitment on July, 23, this Sunday.

Wormley settled on those final three after more than 20 offers from Division I teams, mostly from the ACC and Big 10 Conferences.

“We don’t normally see this for a kid in Delaware,” said his coach at Smyrna, Mike Judy, in February. “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 is listed at 6-foot-4 and between 310-320 pounds on most recruiting sites. He is considered a four-star prospect, according to those sites.

Wormley went on official visits to Rutgers and Notre Dame recently and has taken the most trips to Penn State despite never going on an official visit.

“I grew up liking Penn State and I always liked the school,” Wormley told PennLive last month. “When I visited I loved the campus and the overall feeling I got from being there.”

Wormley’s official visit to Rutgers was last month and he was interviewed by NJ.com. He said he spent the weekend at Rutgers complete with a trip to nearby New York City, met with the coaches on campus and played paintball at a place close to campus in Piscataway, N.J.

“I know everybody talks down on Rutgers but I don’t see it, I love the school,” Wormley said on NJ.com. “I love everything they have going on there.”

Wormley did tell NJ.com that Notre Dame already had five offensive linemen signed in the class of 2019, so Penn State and Rutgers could vault to the top of his list of final three.

College coaches project Wormely as a guard, though he can play tackle.

“He’s got long arms and all the measurable to play offensive line,” Judy said. “He’s very athletic for a big man with great hips and great feet.”

Wormley played mostly defensive line as a sophomore at Smyrna before moving over to offense this past season as a junior. He earned a spot on the All-State First Team and helped lead Smyrna to its third-straight Division I championship.

“When coaches call they want to know two things, is he a hard worker and how are his grades,” Judy said. “With Saleem, you can check both those boxes as a plus.”

Wormley is rated the No. 1 prospect in Delaware, according to the recruiting experts at 247Sports. The 11 recruiting experts all have Wormley choosing Penn State according to their “Crystal Ball Predictions.”

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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