Worthington Making First Visit

With baseball monopolizing most of his summer, football recruiting has been an afterthought for Tyrell Worthington. However, this weekend his focus will change when he makes his first unofficial visit of the summer by attending North Carolina's individual rising senior camp.

"Right now, he's playing legion ball and in the second round of their playoffs," said Winterville (N.C.) South Central High School head football coach Kemp Ewing. "He's scheduled to go to Carolina this weekend for a camp."

Worthington, a 6-foot 185-pound athlete, holds scholarship offers from Clemson, East Carolina, Louisville, North Carolina, N.C. State, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech. He is also receiving significant interest from Major League Baseball, forcing him to put football on the backburner early on.

"He's been pretty tied down with baseball," said Ewing. "He's had a lot of [MLB] pro scouts come and take a look at him, so he's stayed in town and played a lot of baseball this summer."

Each of his offering schools, with the exception of Louisville, have expressed interest in Worthington playing both sports in college, a notion he is strongly considering.

"Right now, he's still pretty wide open," said Ewing. "He's going to see what his options are. Of course he has the baseball thing to play with, but I really think he's looking more into football and going that street.

"He has not let me know who his top three or top five are. We haven't really had an opportunity to sit down and talk."

For South Central High School, Worthington stars at tailback and defensive back, and is being recruited for both positions with an emphasis on keeping him in the offensive backfield.

"More than half the schools that have come in here have talked to him about being a tailback," said Worthington. "N.C. State, Virginia Tech have shown interest in him as possibly a cornerback, but right now the majority of the schools are talking running back."

Even with the verbal commitment of Ryan Houston, a Scout.com four-star tailback, North Carolina continues to recruit Worthington not just for safety, but also for tailback, according to Ewing.

"They're still looking at him as running back as well," said Ewing.

As a junior, Worthington earned the Area Player-of-the-Year Award. From his tailback position he rushed 140 times for 1,129 yards (8.06-yard average), and eight touchdowns. On defense, he accumulated 96 tackles and four interceptions.

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