Texas wide receiver Xavier Worthy was named to On3’s preseason true freshman All-America team on Thursday. Worthy, a 6-foot-1, 160-pounder from Fresno (Calif.) Central East is the only Longhorn to make the team.
Worthy originally signed with Michigan, choosing the Wolverines over Alabama. One of Worthy’s main recruiters for the Crimson Tide was current Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian.
Worthy did not enroll at Michigan, and announced his desire to be released from his national letter of intent on April 15. Sarkisian capitalized on the situation, using his previous relationship with the California speedster to earn Worthy’s commitment on April 24.
During his junior season in 2019, Worthy caught 54 passes for 992 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also ran track for Fresno East, clocking a personal best 10.5 100-meter time during the 2019 season.
During the summer, Worthy impressed players and coaches with his speed, fluidity, and route running ability. He was one of Texas’ best receivers during preseason camp, and earned a spot at the top of the depth chart for one of the Longhorn wide receiver positions.
Worthy was the only player from a Big 12 team to make the list. Three Texas A&M players, offensive lineman Reuben Fatheree, offensive lineman Bryce Foster, and defensive lineman Shemar Turner made the cut.
Several native Texans also made the list, including Fatheree, Turner, Foster, Alabama receiver JoJo Earle, and Clemson defensive back Andrew Mukuba.
Worthy was ranked as the No. 18 player in the 2021 On300 with a 98 score, and the No. 2 receiver behind Alabama’s Agiye Hall.
On3’s Charles Power on Xavier Worthy
Worthy, a five-star prospect from Fresno (Calif.) Central, already is listed as a starter. Worthy was among the fastest prospects in the 2021 recruiting class, with a 10.55-second 100-meter time as a sophomore. He isn’t a one-trick pony, though, and pairs that top-end speed with strong ball skills. Worthy initially signed with Michigan, but was let out of his NLI and subsequently enrolled at Texas. Given the wide receiver situation at Texas, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Worthy as a featured piece of Steve Sarkisian’s offense rather quickly.