Wake Forest offers running back

Looking to the Lone Star State to find skill position players is never a bad idea. In May, Wake Forest offered Dallas area running back, Dezmond Wortham. Wortham has been a highly productive back at Hebron High School in Texas 5A starting every game since the second game into his freshman season.


"The first week of spring practice is when I received my Wake Forest offer," said Dez Wortham. "It was either May 7th or 8th. Coach Duffie said they liked how seriously I take my grades, that I'm a hard worker, and a motivator on my team.

"At running back he said he liked my versatility, that I could run the ball between the tackles, take it to the outside, and make catches out of the backfield.

"Wake Forest is high on my list. I know about their high academic standards and want to lean more about the program and get to know the coaches better.

"I talked to Coach Duffie once every two weeks on the phone and message him a lot on facebook. I'd like to take an unofficial there during the summer to get out there and see it in person."

At this time Wortham, 6-foot, 200-pounds, lists 10 offers from Colorado State, Connecticut, Houston, Kentucky, Navy, Nevada (his latest one), New Mexico, San Diego State, Utah State, and Wake Forest. His first offer came from the University of Houston in March.

"By the end of summer I want to announce my top five," he said. "I'll probably make a commitment midway through the season.

"Academics will play a big factor in my decision. Football has to end one day. I want to be successful both on and off the field. I'd like to be at a school that feels like a second home to me. I want to feel comfortable in my surroundings with players and coaches who are welcoming."

In his junior season at Hebron, located in Carrollton, Wortham was a unanimous All-District selection in Texas 8-5A.

"I had 150 carries for 950 yards rushing," Wortham said of his 2011 season. "I also made 22 catches for 220 yards receiving with 17 total touchdowns.

"I improved most in making movements in the open field. Instead of just lowering my shoulder, I would hesitate or use a stutter step to avoid the tackler. I got better at change of direction and in my route running getting in and out of checks. I'm making sure I catch the ball at its highest point then head north."

One aspect of Wortham's game he was proud of last season was having zero fumbles on the season. The Hebron Hawks will move to 5-5A this season and will be grouped with some different Dallas area schools.

Wortham has basketball players in his family. His older brother, B.J., is a junior guard at Trinity Christian College in Illinois. His mother, Rita, played basketball at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Wortham reports a 3.6 GPA and is ranked in the top 20 percentile in his class.

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