Justin Worley, Gatorade's 2011 National Football Player of the Year, has set the bar high for himself going forward from a standout high school career.
After his 2010 season at Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, S.C., was in the books, Worley left as the state's all-time record-holder for career passing yards and touchdowns, received player of the year honors from Rivals and ESPN RISE, and was named as a first-teamer on multiple All-America rosters.
Oh, and he led the Titans to an undefeated season that ended with a victory in the Class 4A State Championship.
But in talking with Worley around the Gatorade Athlete of the Year ceremony in Hollywood this week, Bleacher Report's Jack Harver got the sense that the incoming Tennessee freshman is ready for even bigger challenges going forward.
In sharing a dinner table with Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions Tuesday night and sweating on an exercise bike for scientists from the Gatorade Sports Science Institute Wednesday afternoon, Worley had a pro-caliber West Coast experience to underline his transition from high school to a bigger national stage.