Commitment Spotlight: Tyler Hayworth

Tyler Hayworth, who committed to play at Wake Forest in August, is off to a fine start in his senior season at Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport, Tenn. The Indians are currently 6-0 in TSSAA Class 6A and ranked 3rd in the state.

"Last summer I went to 12 camps and learned so much more about technique," said Tyler Hayworth. "I think I've improved in every aspect of my game, and I'm showing that on the field. I'm doing pretty good so far this season."

Hayworth, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound guard, made his commitment for the Demon Deacons prior to his senior year at "D-B" in early August with one other offer from Cincinnati. He said his commitment is still as solid as ever.

"My coach told me Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt and a couple of other schools were calling for my transcripts before I committed," Hayworth said. Clemson and Vanderbilt want to grayshirt me.

"Most of the teams backed off after my commitment. Middle Tennessee State called and told me if anything changes they'd like to talk to me.

"I'm 100-percent to Wake Forest. I've been up there for every home game and plan on being there this coming weekend."

Offensive line coach Steed Lobotzske recruited Hayworth to Wake Forest. He's enjoyed making the 160 mile (approx.) drive east with his parents on Deacon game days to see his future team in action.

"I've met with the players pretty often when I'm down there," said Hayworth. "It's a real comfort to me knowing these are the right people for me to be around. They're guys who I want to be teammates with and spend the next four to five years of my life with.

"Another plus [with Wake Forest] is how the coaching staff represents the team so well. And how can you pass up the education? That's probably the biggest reason I committed. Also Winston-Salem is a great city. I was there three times before my commitment at camps and a game. It's really appealing to me."

Hayworth has started at D-B since his sophomore season. As a junior he was named All-Big 8 Conference, All-Northeast Tennessee, All-Kingsport Times-News, and one of 500 players selected for the U.S. Army National Combine in San Antonio.

"I'd like to go out with a state championship," Hayworth said of his senior season. "All of the individual honors don't mean a whole lot unless we get a ring. That would be the best ending for me. After the season I'm not going to play any other sports. I plan on conditioning, so when I leave for Wake Forest I'm bigger and stronger."

Last year the Indians had a perfect regular season before losing to Bearden by six in overtime in the 2nd round at J. Fred Johnson Stadium in Kingsport.

This week they'll take on David Crockett in a game at Jonesborough, Tenn. Hayworth did a good job paving the way for his running backs last week against conference-rival Sullivan Central. They gained 284 yards on the ground in the 49-0 win.

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