Arkansas picked up its 11th commitment of the 2017 class on Friday morning with Jenks three-star tailback/cornerback Jordon Curtis committing to the Razorbacks.
Curtis (6-1, 180, 4.4), being looked at as cornerback at Arkansas, chose the Razorbacks over Kansas State, Kansas, Illinois State, Iowa State Purdue, Texas Tech, Utah State. Arkansas State and Rice and Stephen F. Austin.
He is ranked as the number one running back in Oklahoma by Scout.com and the 28th-best back in the country.
Curtis, who was at Arkansas camp last Saturday, played both ways last season and rushed 87 times for 781 yards and 12 touchdowns while also catching 14 passes for 308 yards and two more scores.
He also had 24 tackles and two interceptions last season for Jenks, who won its fourth straight state title last season.
“I think as a defensive back the first thing that stands out is his length,” Jenks special teams and recruiting coordinator Carl Johnson. “He’s tall for a defensive back and I think defensive coordinators like Robb Smith is really going to like that because that allows for a better matchup on some of the taller receivers. Then you bring into play his athletic ability and his ball skills and that makes him even a better fit for playing the defensive back position.”
Johnson sees Curtis being better on defense.
“He has all the tools to really be successful at that position at the next level,” said Johnson, who noted Curtis bench pressing over 300 pounds. “I know early on that was the position the majority of the schools were offering him as. Personally that’s where I think he’s a more natural fit even though I think he’s an outstanding running back."