84 Days to Miami football: Freshman WR Dazalin Worsham

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 14: (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Dazalin Worsham was one of four wide receivers the Miami football program signed in 2020. Worsham brings the Hurricanes good size but could be headed towards a redshirt season.

Freshman wide receiver Dazalin Worsham was one of four that signed with the Miami football program in 2020. Worsham commited to the Hurricanes last year after initially committing to in-state Alabama. Worsham was the 501st ranked player, 82nd ranked WR and 20th ranked player in Alabama in 2020.

Joining Worsham as freshmen at WR with Miami in 2020 are four-star Michael Redding III and three-stars, Xavier Restrepo and Keyshawn Smith. Smith is another redshirt candidate. Redding was injured during spring practice. Restrepo projects to be the backup to senior Mike Harley and junior Mark Pope as a slot receiver.

All four of the Miami freshmen WRs were early enrollees. That gave all but Redding a chance to practice this spring. New WRs coach Rob Likens was impressed with what he saw. Likens described his ideal receiver this spring to be around 6’0 to be able to get in and out of breaks easier.

Worsham is 6’0, 185 pounds, was clocked running a 4.81-second 40-yard dash in 2018 and recorded a verticle of 30.70 inches. Worsham was a WR that Miami coveted under the previous offensive coaching staff and should have a bright future for Miami. Likens highlighted what he saw from Worsham.

"“Daz had some flashes of some really good athleticism…He did a great job in our last practice (on March 6). He caught a deep ball over on the right side. We kind of moved him a little bit to try to find his best place with which side he was going to be on and all that stuff.He’s coming off a surgery he had as well so we got him in pieces, we didn’t want to rush him, but I was pleased with some of things I saw out of him with his athleticism and he’s got some speed.”"

Looking ahead after 2020 season

Miami loses Harley after the 2020 season. Pope and fellow junior Dee Wiggins will have the option to go to the NFL. The Hurricanes have lost about an average of five draft-eligible juniors over the past few seasons. It would be in the best interests of Pope and Wiggins to return as seniors in 2021.

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If they do not, Worsham and the 2020 class will have an opportunity to contribute in 2021 as redshirt freshmen or sophomores. Another WR to keep an eye in 2020 is redshirt freshman Jeremiah Payton. Payton was reportedly outstanding on the scout team in 2019. Worsham could have the same chance in 2020.