Player Spotlight: Charles Wort

Charles Wort, out of New Braunfels, TX in the San Antonio area, has the attention of the Wake Forest staff. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound linebacker received an offer from the Demon Deacons earlier in the year and is currently up to five overall midway through his senior season.

"During spring practice, Coach (Tim) Billings came by my school," said Charles Wort. "He said they liked what they saw on film especially the way I moved to the ball and told me I had an offer."

Wort's other offers came from the Air Force Academy, Wyoming, UT-San Antonio, and Texas State-San Marcos. He's interested in visiting the out-of-state schools, but not until after the season.

"My primary focus right now is with my team," said Wort. "After the season I'll set up my official visits. I've talked a lot with Coach Knoor (at Wake Forest). They're in the ACC where you're going to be competing against the best players in the country.

"North Carolina's a big football state. It's a really good school with a lot of the things I'm looking for."

Wort was named All-District (Texas District 25-5A Region IV), All-County, and 2nd team All-San Antonio Metro as a junior. He's helped the Unicorns get off to a 4-2 start to the season.

"In our first game against Canyon I had 17 tackles, a pick, and a forced fumble we recovered," Wort stated. "I'm averaging 10-plus tackles a game.

"My speed has improved. I'm getting to the ball easier and attacking. It's been fun. I'm better at knowing where the gap fits are which have allowed me to respond faster and make some big plays for us."

This season, Wort's older brother, Tom, is making headlines as a starting linebacker for the highly-ranked Oklahoma Sooners. While Charles hasn't received quite the recruiting attention Tom received a few years ago at New Braunfels, he is intent on making his own mark at the next level.

"It's important to me to surround myself with good people because that's who you're going to be spending a lot of your time with (in college)," said Wort. "I want to find a team with a good coaching staff and a good group of guys as teammates.

"The school's location is important to me. I don't want to be out in the desert or anything. I'm looking for a place that offers a high level of football and a good education."

The Unicorns may find out how good they are this coming weekend when the battle 5A defending state champion, Steele. Last season New Braunfels held their own dropping the game by a 14-10 score.

"This is a special group of guys," Wort said of his team. "When we're on, there's nobody who can stop us. We're getting better each week, and I think we'll be on key by playoff time and tough team to beat.

"All of my goals are team goals. Of course, I want to be the best player I can be, but you don't play the game for individual awards. For me, it's all about the team."

Wort's family is originally from Crawley, England. They've lived in the States close to seven years, moving to Rhode Island when Wort was just 10. They eventually settled in the San Antonio area.

Wort has played soccer and wrestled at 189 pounds at New Braunfels. In football he wears No. 21 for the Unicorns and has only been called 'Tom' once this year by the P.A. announcer.

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