Curtis Bursts On to the Scene

Camden Fairview running back De'Anthony Curtis is one of the fastest players in the Southwest. He has been receiving a ton of early recruiting attention and schools like Arkansas and Tennessee have already stepped up to the plate with official scholarship offers.

De'Anthony Curtis, a 5-foot-9, 200-pound running back from Camden Fairview High in Arkansas has really been enjoying the recruiting process.

"It has been going real good," Curtis said. "I have been getting a lot of offers. Tennessee, Arkansas, Arkansas State, Central Arkansas and Tulsa have all offered me so far."

In early January Curtis made an appearance at the U.S. Army Junior Combine that was held before the U.S Army All-American Bowl Game. He wowed scouts there with his speed, and of the more than 500 players that attended, he actually posted the fastest forty-yard dash with a time of 4.41 seconds.

"It was fun," Curtis began to explain of the experience. "I had a chance to play and compete against some of the very best players in the nation. I think I tested very well, and it was a huge honor when I found out I ran the fastest forty time."

There is no doubt that speed is a huge asset for Curtis, but there is more to his game than that.

"One of my biggest strengths is being able to catch the ball out of the backfield," said Curtis who racked up 568 yards rushing and over 600 yards receiving as a junior. "I also have good quickness and vision."

"Most of the schools are recruiting me as a running back, but Tennessee has basically offered me as an athlete. I really like to pattern my game after Reggie Bush. He can play all over the field."

Curtis is also receiving strong recruiting interest from LSU, Oklahoma State and Florida, but explained that Arkansas and Tennessee were currently at the top of his list.

"I think that I like them the best right now," Curtis informed. "Tennessee is a school that I have always been interested in. I really like Arkansas's rushing attack, and I could see myself being successful there."

The standout running back has not gotten the chance to travel much, but he did get to see his two favorites square off last season.

"I took an unofficial trip to watch Tennessee and Arkansas," Curtis reported. "It was a whole lot of fun. I got a chance to meet some of the other recruits. The atmosphere was amazing. It was loud, real loud."

Curtis is scheduled to be in attendance at Arkansas this weekend for the Junior Day festivities.

Camden Fairview boasts two other division one caliber athletes that are being highly recruited in quarterback Jim Youngblood and Lavunce Askew.


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