June 7, 2011

Rams first to offer Dallas defender

While plenty of college-bound football recruits are excited about a major of Business Administration, few have the interest in using it the way Dallas' Deonte Wortham wants to.

"I want to major in business and management," Wortham said. "I want to be a mortician after football."

The Maceo Smith High School stud said he is interested in the money that a career in funeral homes can offer. Just in case a career in football doesn't pan out, he said. The Colorado State Ram coaching staff is hoping a long NFL career is in his future and hopes the process starts with a fruitful career in Fort Collins. Worthan said the Rams offered him a scholarship last month.

"I want to experience something else," Wortham said when asked if the distance from Dallas to Fort Collins is too far for him. "I want to go to another community and see how it is. I wouldn't mind going to Colorado State to just go play football, have fun and work hard. I would be the first one in my family to go to college."

Wortham gained the attention of Colorado State football coaches after collecting 13 sacks as a defensive end and tackle last season. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Wortham is being projected as a middle linebacker in college.

"I think covering is something I do well, as well stopping the run," Wortham said. "I get to stand up and I get to read plays and see what is going on. I just go read the play, direct myself and make a play."

Wortham said CSU is currently his leader and he liked what Ram defensive back coach Tim Duffie told him about the staff and the school.

"He told me it is a good school with study hall for the football players," Wortham said. "They are going to take good care of me and they have a good academic system. I am trying to figure out the day we are going to Colorado State for our visit. I'll be asking my coach when I see him."

In the weightroom, he holds a bench press max of 275, a squat max of 445 and has been timed at 4.6 in the 40-yard dash. Wortham also claims a 2.8 grade-point average in the classroom.

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