December 5, 2012

Wake gets a RB

After a long and arduous search Wake Forest finally received a commitment from a running back for its 2013 recruiting class when Dezmond Wortham made the call Wednesday, Dec. 5 after talking it over with his parents and some close family friends.

"I called Coach [Tim] Duffie, and then I called Coach [Jim] Grobe," Wortham said. "He [Duffie] was in shock. I guess he wasn't expecting me to commit that soon. He was in shock, and he was really happy. He [Grobe] was like, 'We're grateful that we're getting a chance to have you. We're happy, we're excited, [and] we're expecting big things from you.'"

"It just feels like the place I was designed to be at. I feel like that's a place that I'm wanted in and needed in, that I can go in there and be part of the team and get them back in the bowl games and all the things that they want to do with football. But, then in the classroom I just feel like I have a tremendous opportunity to get a great education and have a good college experience."

The 6-feet and 205-pound Carrollton (Texas) Hebron senior took his official visit to Wake Nov. 30-Dec. 2.

"I loved the campus, loved the coaches, loved the caliber of school it is, and just got that at home feeling," Wortham said. "I felt comfortable. I just knew from an all-around standpoint that it was a really good decision. [I] got to meet the coaches, hang out with the players, and everybody had that welcoming personality. I just felt welcomed there."

"Meeting Coach Grobe and sitting down and having a conversation with him was really a good thing and I really got to get a good feel for him and see what he is like, so I really had a good feeling, like it was a place I could call home."

Wake Forest redshirt safety Ryan Janvion was Wortham's host during his stay in Winston-Salem.

"I got to hang out a lot with the freshman class," Wortham said. "A lot of them had redshirted, so I got to hang out with them. They were just welcoming and cool guys, so I enjoyed myself and I definitely fit in."

He will enroll at Wake Forest in July for summer school.

"My plan is to go in and to make a difference as soon as possible," Wortham said. "I'm going to go in there with the mentality to work hard every day and learn as much as I can as fast as I can and let them make the decision whether I will play as a freshman or redshirt or whatever they want to do, but I'm definitely going in with the mindset that I want to play and be able to make a difference early."

Wortham describes himself as a power back, and would rather run a defender over than juke or fake.

"I feel like I'm very versatile," Wortham said. "Downhill running is probably my strongpoint, but I can get out of the backfield and get on the sides and catch quick routes and also fade and protect pretty well. I'm well-rounded."

Wortham, who is rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, tore his ACL in the fifth game. He missed the rest of the season. Hebron finished with a 6-5 record, and made a state playoff appearance.

He carried 115 times for 745 yards and seven touchdowns, and caught 12 passes for 100 yards in four and half games.

Wortham is in sixth week of rehab after having surgery Thursday, Oct. 25.

"I'm already a week and a half ahead in recovery to where I should be," Wortham said. "I'm making great progress. I'm going to be better than I ever was."

"I originally had offers from Kentucky, Wake Forest, Nevada, Colorado State, Utah State, Navy, New Mexico, Houston, Texas State, UConn," Wortham said. "After that I kind of lost touch with a couple of the schools, because my interest wasn't there."

Wortham, who had a scholarship offer from San Diego State, said the Aztecs rescinded it after he tore his ACL.

He joins Joshua Okonye and Brad Watson as third Lone Star State commitment for Wake's 2013 recruiting class, giving the Demon Deacons eight players.

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