Wortham commits to Wake Forest

Wake Forest was looking to add a quality running back in this year's recruiting class. On Tuesday evening, they received a commitment from, Dezmond Wortham, just a couple of days after he left campus from an official visit. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound running back out of Carrolton (Texas) Hebron High School gave his commitment to Coach Tim Duffie, who was in the Dallas area for an in-home visit.

"When Coach Duffie was here," said Dezmond Wortham, "I told him I was ready to join the Wake Forest family. We called Coach Grobe right away. They both were very excited.

"At Wake Forest, I feel like you get the best of both worlds. You receive a great education and get to play big time college football. The coaches are men who are very welcoming. They are men who I feel like I can build strong personal relationships with over the next four years. I love the personalities and character they have and feel like I can mold myself after them."

Wortham took his official visit to the Winston-Salem campus the weekend of November 30th through 31st. There he was able to interact with current Demon Deacons players and get to know the coaching staff better.

"I really enjoyed it," Wortham said on his visit. "We did the basic things you do on an official visit like tour the campus and the stadium. I talked a lot with Coach Mitchell, the running backs coach, and got a good feeling after speaking with him. Ryan Janvion, a redshirt freshman, was my player-host. All of the players are people I met on campus were very friendly and made me feel at home. I was there with my mom, but my dad came down from Virginia to surprise me. They were both really impressed with Wake Forest."

In five games, Wortham rushed for 708 yards on 103 carries and 7 touchdowns. His season was cut short due to an ACL injury which he is now recovering from.

"I think I'll be cleared by April," said Wortham. "That will allow me to run track. Right now my focus is getting healthy and preparing myself for the next level.

"The plan is definitely to go in and compete for playing time. "There's a lot of things I feel like I do well [at running back]. I think I'm a very versatile, well-rounded at the position and can do whatever the [Wake Forest] ask of me next year."

Wortham was a four-year starter for the Hebron Hawks. He rushed for close to 1000 yards as a freshman, more than 1000 in his sophomore and junior seasons, and was on track for another 1000-plus yard senior season prior to his injury. The Hawks were able to make the Texas 5A playoffs without Wortham's services, but fell to Heritage in the first round. Wortham was on the sidelines every game to cheer his team to victory.

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