THIS IS a for-what-it's-worth column.
About a local kid who just visited Fort Worth, Texas.
For the most part, he's flown under the proverbial radar. Goes by the name of Duran Workman. He'srobably heard more Duran Duran references, been serenaded with "her name is Rio and she dances in the sand," and been asked if he's hungry, like a wolf, more times than he cares to admit.
But one top-five college football program is interested in downloading him into their fold.
This past weekend, Workman, a workmanlike player for George Washington High, visited No. 4 TCU in Fort Worth.
"Was down on the sideline, the whole nine yards," said GW coach Steve Edwards Jr.
Texas Christian invited him for the Baylor game, won by the Horned Frogs 45-10.
"It went really well," Workman said. "I really liked the campus. I took a tour, talked to the coaches ..."
No scholarship offer was made, but it was an eye-opening invitation from coach Gary Patterson's staff.
"He's a great kid," Edwards said. "He's a great student. He plays hard all the time. Can do a lot of things. He's played everywhere for us. On offense, he's played quarterback, receiver, fullback, tailback and can play tight end.
"On defense, he can play free safety, strong safety and outside linebacker. He can do all those things because he's physical. He's a linebacker that can run like a defensive back."
In regard to the local universities, Workman, 6-foot, 195 pounds, said WVU assistant Steve Dunlap has been by, as well as some coaches from Marshall. The interest there, however, seems limited.
Workman, though, has options.
"TCU already has 16 [commitments] of 25 [available scholarships],'' he said. "They're interested, but want to wait on my senior film. Then they'll make a decision.
"But I have offers from West Point [Army] and a full ride from VMI. I'm expecting Ohio University to offer in the next couple of weeks."
The hybrid player said Navy has also expressed interest. There's been "a little" from UCLA.
"He's got good numbers and his grades are phenomenal," Edwards said. "Good Carfax."
In the first game of the season, Workman had 10 tackles and two interceptions, one for a score, against Woodrow Wilson. As for the other number, his grade-point average has been reported at 4.1.