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Carrollton (TX) Hebron running back Dezmond Wortham didn't fall in love with Wake Forest overnight. The three-star running back from the Lone Star State said his attraction to Wake is something that gradually grew until his official visit to the school convinced him there is no place better for him to spend the next several years of his list.
"The environment, the coaching staff, the people and all the things that go into it," he said, reciting a litany of reasons for his choice. "The academic standpoint, it's a great conference and I'd probably have a chance to play early. Everything tied into it. I got that feeling that it's like home. I had that comfortable, gut feeling and I decide not to waste any time. It was where I wanted to be."
Wortham said Wake Forest was "always" one of his top schools, or at least from the time the Deacs offered. Prior to that offer he had never thought much about Wake Forest.
"After doing my research and getting to know Coach Duffie and Coach Mitchell I became interested. When I found out what a great academic school it was I gained even more interest," Wortham said.
"Two weeks before my visit I was telling my friends, 'I don't know why but I just have that good feeling. I think I'm going to have a great time. This could be the place for me.'
"That was without even meeting Coach Grobe or seeing the campus. Prior to that I had been saying that to my family and friends and just praying about it."
If there was a single moment that led Wortham to Wake Forest it may have been that instant when he tore his ACL.
"Some schools backed out," he said. "Some schools were wishy-washy. They were talking about a grey-shirt or whether they would hold a scholarship for me.
"The whole game plan changed then. It was four schools, between Wake Forest, Texas Tech, Nevada and New Mexico. New Mexico said they were going to honor (the scholarship), as well as Texas Tech. New Mexico and Nevada were in between. They were only going to take one back and they didn't want to run the risk of that one guy not being healthy.
"After they talked to my doctors that's what it came down to. Wake Forest just ended up on top."