Congrats to Clark on his son's commintment to Vandy.
By DREW EDWARDS, firstname.lastname@example.org
June 21, 2005
After helping Webb School to its second Division II state championship game in the last three years, Jordan Wormsley had one more thing left to do before he could go on vacation.
About a week after returning from Spring Fling in Memphis, the Spartans standout center fielder decided that Vanderbilt had the best offer of all his suitors.
"He had a great vacation," said Jordan's dad and Webb coach Clark Wormsley. "It was a relaxing vacation for all of us.
"As a father, his mother and I are really tickled. As a dad, you see what he goes through trying to decide what direction to go."
Wormsley hit .450 with seven doubles and 21 RBIs this season in addition to stealing 10 bases. He struck out six times in 98 plate appearances.
On the mound, the left-hander posted a 4-0 record with a 2.36 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 32.6 innings.
Those numbers gave Wormsley a choice of several Division I schools, including Tennessee and Clemson - both of whom made Super Regional appearances this year - as well as Duke and Memphis. Bbut ultimately Vanderbilt felt like the right choice.
"I really liked the coaches and the programs," Jordan said. "They've been getting better and better. The academics and the athletic programs both stood out to me. The coaches are really down to earth, I really liked them."
Wormsley said he considered playing for Tennessee, which just ended its College World Series run on Sunday.
"I started getting stuff from them and made an unofficial visit," he said. "I liked it there, but I just think Vanderbilt was a little better fit for me."
Wormsley was recruited as an outfielder - likely a corner outfielder for starters - but said he could pitch.
Freshman Stephen Shao pulled double-duty for the Commodores this season.
"What coach (Tim) Corbin told us was in the fall they'd look at him primarily as a hitter and a corner outfielder, but that they'd look at him as a pitcher," Clark Wormsley said. "They'll develop him best for whatever works for his program."