Curtis impressed by ASU's Junior Day

The in-state crop of 2014 prospects is one the most talent rich in recent memory, and one prime example of that group is Natrell Curtis. The four-star Phoenix Mountain Pointe lineman prospect was one was of several local recruits who descended on Tempe on Saturday for Arizona State's Junior Day and he shared his impressions of that event with Devils Digest.

"I had a good time there at Arizona State," Curtis said. "My parents and I had a one on one meeting with Coach Graham, met with my position coach and watched some film, we talked about academics, and just about stuff that would help me better my senior year.

"The biggest thing that stood out to me about the visit was the change that this coaching staff has made. It's definitely a different program. Before the (new) coaching staff got here, my mom wasn't too high about ASU. But after sitting down and talking to the coaches one on one, going over things, telling her what they are going to do, my mom really loves the program."

The 6-2 300-pound Natrell Curtis is listed by Scout.com as the no. 6 offensive guard in his class. Many schools are recruiting Curtis both on offense and defense, but the Sun Devils are pursuing him with a defensive tackle position in mind. The lineman admitted that he's a "defensive guy" and would prefer to play on that side of the ball.

"The coaches think I'm physical, aggressive and explosive," Curtis described. "Just everything that a D-lineman should be. The thing that probably surprised me the most is how early I can play. I look up to a guy like Will Sutton, even though he would be gone by the time I would come there if I chose ASU. The coaches want me to play his position, and it would be nice to replace a guy like Will and play with local guy like Jaxon (Hood) who I played against as a sophomore. That's something I look forward to.

"I love how the ASU defense is fast to the ball and aggressive. They get after the quarterback and were one of the best in the nation in sacks. They always switch up their defensive front and always put their players in the best position possible."

To date Curtis holds offers from ASU, Arizona, Arkansas, Boise State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Vanderbilt and Washington among others. Curtis has unofficially visited UCLA and plans to head down there again in couple of weeks following a trip to Arizona.

"I don't know when I'm going to commit," Curtis admitted. "Sometime I feel like I want to do it early and sometimes I feel like I want to do it later. When the time is right I will definitely make a decision. It can be tomorrow, it can be a year from now. You never know."

"I'm looking for a school that has good academics because you can only play football for so long. I want to go to a winning program where I can make an early impact…just a place where I feel the most comfortable."


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