Worthington One To Watch

Winterville (NC) South Central standout Tyrell Worthington already has a pair of ACC scholarship offers, and more are sure to follow.

"[NC] State and Virginia Tech have sent offers to me," Tyrell Worthington told Pack Pride. "I'm getting stuff from Clemson, ECU, [North] Carolina, Virginia, and South Carolina too.

"I think some more are going to offer me a scholarship, at least that's what they have said."

Worthington has visited NC State a couple of times, and was in Raleigh for the Wolfpack's Junior Day last weekend.

"The coaches were just talking about the facilities and stuff," he said. "It was nice. They were showing us around the luxury boxes and all the other different stuff we hadn't seen before."

He also had a chance to talk with NC State head coach Chuck Amato.

"Coach Amato was good to talk to," Worthington said. "He was telling me how much they wanted me and that I was one of the top players in the state. He talked about how they were recruiting me as a running back and cornerback."

Regarded by South Central head coach Kemp Ewing as "a coaches dream," Worthington is a quality player and person.

"He's a coaches dream," coach Ewing said. "He doesn't know how good he is. He'll score a touchdown and think nothing of it. Most kids in his situation would have a big head right now.

"He's just as humble as he can be. He's very nice to his peers and his elders, and he's just a great kid to have in our program."

Worthington enters his senior season as one of the state's top running back prospects. Last year he rushed for over 1,500 yards, as he averaged nearly nine yards per carry. However, the 6-foot, 180-pound athlete just might be a defensive player on the next level. He tallied eight interceptions as a free safety during his junior campaign.

"I know his numbers don't sound like much when you compare him to some other guys you've probably heard about," said Coach Ewing. "But basically the biggest guy he had up front blocking for him was 180 pounds, so he does a lot of that on his own. You should see some of the moves he does.

"I feel kind of bad for him because if he had bigger linemen in front of him there's no telling what he could do. I think he can play running back on the next level because of his vision, but he's an athlete.

"He plays free safety for us and is very, very good back there. He doesn't come off the field except for extra points. If he had the right license, he would drive the team bus."

"I'm thinking about playing cornerback anyways," said Worthington. "You get to make big plays there and turn the game around with a big interception."

The South Central high star is also a promising prospect on the diamond. A centerfielder, Worthington is one of the state's best baseball players and should be selected in the 2007 MLB Draft. At that point, he will likely have a decision to make.

"I've talked to a Major League scout about Tyrell, and he felt he would be one of the top draft choices," said coach Ewing. "To give you an idea, we lost our last basketball game and Tyrell played in that game. The next day he hit two home runs in a baseball scrimmage. That was without any BP or practice.

"Both baseball head coaches at NC State and Virginia Tech have informed the football staffs that they would like Tyrell to play baseball too.

"He's going to have a decision to make, but I think it's entirely too early right now."

"People have been saying that I could get drafted for baseball," Worthington said. "I like playing both sports though."

Worthington maintains that he is wide open and in no hurry to make a decision.

"I don't have a favorite," he said. "I might pick one before my season, but I don't know."

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