ROCK HILL, S.C. - The "Air Raid" offense quarterback Justin Worley conducts is so hot right now, it has its own web site.
There are T-shirts, too. Worley's got plenty of them and so do his Northwestern High teammates.
In an era where the term "spread offense" has morphed into a blanket term for any type of attack that splits out wide receivers and drops the quarterback a few paces behind his center, Northwestern High offensive coordinator Kyle Richardson's schemes are as "spread" as it gets.
"We throw the ball just about every down," said Worley, a Tennessee commitment since July who will enroll in January.
"We haven't really had a running game in our offense."
It's a system. Just like UT's pro-style offense is a system and just like Gus Malzahn's fast-paced, run-heavy attack at Auburn is a system.
Just don't call Worley a "system quarterback," a title that carries as strong of a negative connotation as any in his line of work.
"I'd say that's unfair," Worley said. "I wouldn't say just anybody can come in and throw for 3,000 yards in this offense."
Make that 11,000 and counting.
Entering Friday's Region 3-AAAA showdown with rival Gaffney, Worley was already South Carolina's record-holder for career passing yards (11,209), passing touchdowns (131), pass completions (962) and pass attempts (1,497).
With LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis in attendance, Worley added to those totals with yet another impressive performance Friday night, completing 37 of 48 passes for 424 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Trojans to a 10-0 record in the 42-28 victory. Worley also ran for a score.
He's lost just eight times in his career and led the Trojans deep into the playoffs during his sophomore and junior seasons. He became one of UT's first commitments for the class of 2011 because he wanted to make his senior season "all about Northwestern football."
"It's a good thing not going through the process right now," he said. "It's really helped."
Though most of the schools in the Southeast have popped into the office of longtime Northwestern High football coach Jimmy "Moose" Wallace, Worley's gaudy statistics have not correlated into much respect from scouting services. Both www.Scout.com and www.Rivals.com consider him as a three-star recruit and neither ranks him among the Top 30 quarterbacks from the Class of 2011.
Barton Simmons, a national recruiting analyst at www.247sports.com, said that could all change when Worley wraps up his storied high school career.
"When you line him up next to some of the other elite guys nationally in camp settings and look at the way they spin the football, Justin doesn't quite have some of the 'wow' factors that other guys have," Simmons said. "But when you look at what he's been able to do and the way he's been able to lead his team this fall, the accuracy and numbers he puts up are hard to ignore.
"I think he may have proven some doubters wrong a little bit."
"System" quarterbacks in college over the past have undergone well-documented struggles in the NFL - Hawaii's Colt Brennan or any quarterback from Texas Tech - but the learning curve from high school to college has proved kinder. A three-star recruit out of Carroll High in Southlake, Texas, Alabama's Greg McElroy has shown few hiccups while adapting to the Crimson Tide's pro-style offense after years of running the spread.
"You have to get out of your comfort zone a little bit," Simmons said. "That can kind of reflect negatively when you're forced to go under center, forced to do three-step, five-step drops.
"But it's hard for him to have much more success than he's had."
If anything, Worley, who has a 3.4 grade-point average and grades that rank 60th in Northwestern High's senior class of 370, is aware that the early part of his UT career will involve a few new situations.
"A running game is the passing game's best friend. That will definitely help," Worley said. "I guess I'll have to get accustomed to being under center every down."
Worley gave himself a head start when he asked Mack Crowder, a center from Bristol who also plans to enroll early, to be his roommate. He's also become friends with another player expected to be one of his future offensive linemen, tackle Alan Posey (Athens, Ga.).
"I'm not going in there thinking I'm going to be the starter or anything," Worley said. "I know I'm going to have to compete for a job and that's kind of why I want to get there earlier."
Wallace, a 39-year coaching veteran, has sent numerous players to Division I football schools and has had six players make the NFL. Sitting in his office Thursday after practice, Wallace leaned forward in his chair and scoffed at the notion that his most recent award-winner's success is a direct result of "the system."
"The position of quarterback is the most difficult to play in all of athletics. You have to know a lot, you have to do a lot, you have to execute a lot," Wallace said. "A lot of things that go into it, Justin's got it."