Curtis' Shining Star

Fresh off being voted by a 10-member panel as Hawgs Illustrated magazine's top 2008 prep player in Arkansas, Camden Fairview all-purpose back De'Anthony Curtis (5-11, 211, 4.41) wows coaches and onlookers Sunday at the Houston Nutt Football Camp.

Later this week, Camden Fairvsiew's De'Anthony Curtis will be unveiled as the number one prep player in the state of Arkansas according to Hawgs Illustrated magazine's Top 33.

Curtis (5-11, 211, 4.41) – a running back with great run and pass-catching ability - certainly looked the part Sunday night at Houston Nutt's Football Camp.

Not only did he run a 4.46 on a slow 40-yard dash track, but he also showed off his ability in the elite portion of the evening.

"I was hoping to run a 4.3," Curtis said, "but I was pretty happy with it. I love it up here at Arkansas and I am just trying to have a lot of fun this week."

Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Tennessee, Clemson, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tulsa, Arkansas State and UCA have all offered him scholarships.

They are all very impressed with a player that had over 1,750 yards total offense last season while scoring 21 touchdowns, has a 35.5 inch vertical jump and can bench press 310 pounds.

Curtis, whose 4.41 time at the U.S. Army All-American combine was the fastest one there, recently decided he had a top two out of that bunch.

"Arkansas and Oklahoma State are my top two," Curtis said. "About three weeks ago I decided those were my top two."

Arkansas has already landed a commitment from one of Camden Fairvew's other stars in quarterback Jim Youngblood, who is on hand as well for the camp.

"He works on me every day," Curtis said. "He tells me that we (the Razorbacks) need me," Curtis said. "He tells me its home and that's where I need to stay."

Curtis will take an unofficial visit to Tennessee next week and then has plans to also visit Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Clemson during the summer.

He'll then be back in Fayetteville on July 21 for the UA Seniors Only Camp.

"I am planning on having my decision made before my season starts," Curtis said.

The Cardinals – already looking forward to a scrimmage against talented Warren on Aug. 20 in Warren - recently took in the UCA team camp after last season's 11-1 mark.

"The team looked good," Curtis said. "We looked real good. I think we are going to have a great, great season."

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