Texas RB talks about Wildcats

Kentucky is in the mix for one of the Lone Star State's top-rated running backs as he prepares to open his senior season.

Kentucky looks like a good bet to land an official visit from one of the Lone Star State's top running backs later this fall.

Three-star Lewisville (Texas) Hebron tailback Dez Wortham says he likes how his recruitment has unfolded with the Wildcats.

"It's going great," he said. "We've been Facebooking a lot and they're sending me a lot of hand-written mail telling me how much they'd like to get me up there for a visit sometime. I've heard nothing but good things about the school, and I've really enjoyed getting to know coach (Greg) Nord and coach (Steve) Pardue, so I'd say it's almost definite that I'll come out to take a visit."

Wortham (6-0, 200, 4.48) ran for more than 1,100 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior. He is currently rated the nation's No. 55 tailback by Scout.

In addition to Kentucky, Wortham holds offers from Colorado State, UConn, Houston, Navy, Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State, Utah State, Wake Forest and Texas State.

"I'm also hearing a lot from TCU," he said. "They say they want to see my first couple of games this season before they decide what they're going to do. Same thing for a couple other schools like Arkansas and Oklahoma State."

Wortham has yet to schedule any official visits. He says he'll wait to hear what the final word is from some of those programs before he sets those.

But he reiterated that UK looks like a serious contender.

"They say they like me because I'm a bigger back with speed who can also catch the ball out of the backfield and block," Wortham said. "They like my versatility.

"The way it sounds," Wortham added, "they have some smaller backs with a lot of speed and some bigger guys who run hard, but they like me because I can do a little bit of everything."

The Cats currently have one running back commitment among 13 verbals for 2013. That came from Florida all-purpose back Khalid Thomas, the younger brother of current UK linebacker Kadeem Thomas.

Kentucky's conference affiliation is also a strong draw for Wortham, who says distance from home is not a factor. It doesn't hurt that the SEC recently expanded with Texas A&M and Missouri.

"The SEC is great football," he said. "The chance to play in that conference against those teams and all the great players is very appealing to me.

"I'm just trying to find the best place for me to be successful, on and off the field."

Hebron opens the 2012 season on Friday against Abilene, one of the top teams in its class, according to Wortham.

He's excited to test himself after all the hard work he put in during the off-season.

Asked how he's a better player now than at this time last summer, Wortham said: "All aspects. My blocking. Running routes. I feel more explosive. I've been working on setting up blocks and following them instead of just going a thousand miles per hour as soon as I get the ball. I'm excited to get back out there."

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