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Former Ducks target Xavier Worthy asks out of NLI with Michigan

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For much of the first half of 2020, the Oregon Ducks were viewed as the overwhelming favorite to land a commitment from Xavier Worthy, the nation's No. 8 WR and No. 61 player nationally, per 247Sports composite rating.

While considered a near-lock to go to Oregon, he was set to announce his commitment on June 27th, 2020 before deciding to postpone it to an unannounced date. Heading into the announcement, 100% of 247Sports crystal ball predictions had him as a Duck.

He would verbally commit to Michigan weeks later and then signed with the Wolverines in December despite heavy consideration to flip to Alabama. Worthy was supposed to enroll early in Ann Arbor, but that never happened.

Thursday morning, Worthy announced he has asked out of national letter of intent with Michigan and reopening his recruitment. 

 Worthy retweeted tweets claiming "Admissions screwed [Worthy] over" and that the real story of what happened was "unreal." He also confirmed it was not a grades issue.

Former Michigan receiver Giles Jackson was crucial in convincing Worthy to commit to Michigan. but Jackson entered the transfer portal this offseason and is joining Washington. 

Jackson wasted no time trying to convince the California native to return to the West Coast, tweeting “So we to Seattle on the 1st?” before deleting it. 

However, Worthy's seen as likely headed to Texas where former Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian accepted the head coaching position. Sarkisian had nearly flipped Worthy to Alabama prior to him signing with Michigan.

 

The 6-foot-1, 160-pound wide receiver from Central East High School in Fresno, California uses his elite speed to stretch the field and was viewed as a perfect complement to four-star freshmen Troy Franklin and Dont'e Thornton.

As a sophomore in high school, Worthy ran a 10.55s 100m dash. 

Oregon has kept a spot open in the 2021 recruiting class for J.T. Tuimoloau but if he commits to Ohio State, as widely expected, that spot can be used to take in Worthy.

Also, the Ducks have room for both due to players transferring out of the program and entering the transfer portal, opening up scholarships in the process.