Workman Talks Wolfpack Commitment

Contra Costa (CA) offensive lineman Daris Workman discusses his commitment to NC State with Pack Pride.

NC State will lose both if its starting offensive tackles after the 2014 season which means finding replacements has been at the forefront of the Wolfpack's recruiting strategy through most of the year. The Pack took another step in addressing those needs when they secured a commitment from Daris Workman a little over a week ago.

At 6-6, 265 pounds, Workman plays at Contra Costa College in San Pablo (CA). He lines up at left tackle and over the course of this season has attracted recruiting interest from NC State, Virginia Tech, Iowa State, BYU, Utah State, and New Mexico among others.

Workman also played basketball in high school but over the course of the last few years figured out the gridiron would give him the best opportunity to play on the big stage.

"I started playing football when I got to the tenth grade," said Workman. "I had a feel for it and then I decided to try basketball. I just wanted to follow which ever one would give me the best chance to play at the next level.

"So I ended up choosing football and ever since I've just been working on my foot work and getting stronger. Coming out of high school I only had one offer and it wasn't where I necessarily wanted to go so I went the JUCO route. There were no JUCO's in North Carolina so I decided to come out to California."

That moved worked out well and ultimately resulted in an offer from the Wolfpack. For Workman that was like a dream come true. He talked about why he decided to commit to NC State.

"It was just a family environment," he said. "Then you have the players, the fans, and me going back home and getting that feeling of coming back home and having the chance to play for my state. Just having the chance for my family to come down and see me play... all of that was important."

"I know State and some openings next year and I had been studying that," he added. "They're losing their tackles and I just look at it that I need to be ready for the competition and get ready to work for that spot."

Workman was recruited by offensive line coach Mike Uremovich.

"Coach U. was the main coach recruiting me," he said. "When I committed he was very excited. He just told me it would be great for me to come back to my home state and work."

Workman became NC State's 14th commitment for the class of 2015.

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