Curtis focusing on senior season

Natrell Curtis recently decided to take a break from his recruitment. Read on to find out what he is focused on now, what he does when coaches call, and more.

It has been almost two months since Phoenix Mountain Pointe offensive guard Natrell Curtis shut down his recruitment.

Curtis was on an unofficial visit to Tucson for the grand opening of the Lowell-Stevens facility and was rumored to be on the verge of committing to the Arizona Wildcats.

Instead, he left campus without a verbal and decided shortly after to turn his attention away from college and focus on his high school team.

In the season opener for Mountain Pointe against Las Vegas Bishop Gorman, Curtis seemed sluggish and was not the same player that he was a year ago.

"I'm definitely not in shape," Curtis told "I need to whip myself back in to shape, but I'll be ready as the season gets going."

The guard has taken some extra workout sessions and has worked hard in the following weeks to get back into shape.

"I definitely feel like I'm getting back to where I want to be," he said. "I've been doing a lot of the little things like watching what I eat and doing extra running every day. I feel like I'm not in tip-top shape, but I am getting back into it."

Since Mountain Pointe narrowly beat Bishop Gorman in the opener, it has gone on to win the next three games by an average win margin of 61 points.

"The season has been going good for us right now," Curtis said. "I don't know if you saw any of the Bishop Gorman game, but we didn't play our best game. Now, we are finally clicking and rolling in the right direction."

Besides getting in shape, Curtis has also focused on getting better on the field.

"I have always been a film room freak," Curtis said. "I am always in there trying to get better at something. I have been working on getting more separation recently, along with some other little things."

On Monday night, the high school senior reiterated his feelings about his recruitment.

"I'm not really thinking about recruiting at all right now," Curtis said. "I don't know when I will start thinking about it again, but not any time soon. I'm just going to be open to every school when it comes time to do it again."

Although Curtis does still talk to coaches, he tries to steer the conversation away from pitches that the coaches may be trying to sell.

"I still talk to some coaches," he said. "When they call me, I try to talk about things other than recruiting. I just want to keep in contact with them."

The Wildcats are still one of the schools in contact with the offensive guard. It also seems that the coaching staff has played by Curtis' rules about their communication.

"I talk to Coach (Charlie) Ragle at Arizona," Curtis said. "We talk about life mostly. He asks how I am doing and how my week goes. Just normal stuff pretty much."

Once his high school season winds down, Curtis will make plans to visit a few more schools and then move on from there.

"I plan on taking some visits when the season is over," he said. "It just depends on the schools. Some coaches wanted me to visit after the season anyways, so I could have more time with them and not have them getting ready for a game the whole time I am there."

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