Photo Courtesy of Will Worthington ’19
By Juan Carlos Ramirez ’18
Sophomore baseball player Will Worthington ’19 currently has a Grand Canyon University offer, an unofficial visit planned to Vanderbilt and is pursuing the varsity team.
Worthington said that the varsity team has been working hard and really gelling together. He also said he is hoping to find a spot in that group.
Apart from his current GCU offer, head varsity coach and college counselor Mr. Tom Succow said that he has been contacted by U of A , ASU, Stanford, Vanderbilt and Louisiana State University asking about Worthington.
Mr. Succow said that he has not doubt that Worthington will play collegiate ball.
“Will is going to be an outstanding player,” Mr. Succow said, who plans to retire after this school year. “Being only a sophomore, he is going to spend three years on varsity and his junior-senior year with a new head coach … Will Worthington will go on to play college baseball. Whether he is able to to go on beyond that – that is yet to be seen.”
Lucas Grennan ’18 said that Worthington is a great player and will be needed this season.
“He is going to be a big time part for us,” Grennan said. “ We are going to really need him to play up to his expectations this year.”
Mr. Succow said that the element that makes Worthington very pleasing is that he doesn’t waste his time.
“What I like best about him is that anytime he steps onto the field, even in our seventh hour baseball class, he does not waste one second,” Mr. Succow said. “He tries to get better every minute that we are on that field.”
As a player with experience, Grennan said that he would advise Worthington to trust in himself.
“I would tell him to play loose,” Grennan said. “Last year I really struggled just because I was all up in my head worried if i was going to make a mistake. I would tell him to trust in his abilities because he is a great player.”
Worthington said that his passion for baseball began since he was small and played T-ball.
He also said that the one person who really influenced his baseball career was his brother.
“My brother, who played baseball, really influenced me,” Worthington said. “He influenced me to stay on the right path and work hard.”
Worthington said that baseball is so sacred to his family that they have a tradition to invite relatives to watch the World Series at his house.
Mr. Succow said the one piece of advice he would give Worthington is to commit himself to get better everyday.