Curran likes Army and Air Force

During the spring evaluation period, Army was the third D-1 school to offer Keenan Curran, a 6-2, 185-pound athlete who's capable of playing quarterback, wide receiver, or defensive back at the next level. Curran said he's interested in both Army and Air Force, who later extended an offer of their own, and will likely visit one of the two campuses during the summer months ahead.

During the spring evaluation period, Army was the third D-1 school to offer Keenan Curran, a 6-2, 185-pound athlete who's capable of playing quarterback, wide receiver, or defensive back at the next level. Curran said he's interested in both Army and Air Force, who later extended an offer of their own, and will likely visit one of the two campuses during the summer months ahead.

"It was on a Monday when I received my first offer, from Idaho," Curran said. "San Jose State offered on Thursday of that week. Then I received the Army offer on Friday from [Army] Coach Ian Shields in person. We hit it off. Our conversation went very well.

"Every single one of my offers has me excited. It means a lot to me that they took the next step in recruiting me. They've shown me they have confidence and believe in my ability. I'm in no big rush to make a decision. You only go through this once so I'm going to wait and enjoy the process. Right now, I'll look at Army and Air Force and whichever one I'm more interested in, I'll take a visit there this summer."

Not long after Army's offer, Curran began hearing from Air Force wide receiver coach Mike Thiessen who said he was making the trip out to the Seattle area to pay him a visit at Federal Way High School.

"I had been speaking with Coach Thiessen earlier," he said, "but he called and said he'd be at the school the next morning. He was there for my early weight lifting class. We sat down and had a great conversation for about an hour. At the end of it, he said if Air Force is a place that I'm interested in and think you may want to be we want you to know you have an offer.

"From what he was telling me it seems like a good place. He said they love my athleticism and ability to play multiple positions. He told me I was an instinctual player who knows the game."

Most players with seven D-1 offers have seen starting time, but that isn't the case with Curran who platooned at quarterback and defensive back in his junior season, his first on varsity at Federal Way.

"It is ironic that I have the recruiting attention I've had because I only got in every third series at quarterback and split time at safety with a senior player last year," Curran explained. "When I got in I made some big plays which are on my highlight film. We did have coaches coming to the high school to look at four players who are now committed and I was always in the picture on every play. I believe that helped get me noticed too.

"This coming season I'm going to take all the snaps at quarterback and play wide receiver on occasion. I'll play a plethora of positions on defense like outside linebacker, safety, cornerback, and nickel back. I'm not going to let them talk me out of playing defense. That's my pride and joy."

Curran holds offers from Air Force, Army, Eastern Washington, Idaho, Wyoming and Yale. He reports high recruiting interest from Arizona State, Boise State, Oregon State, Utah State, Washington, and Washington State. Curran says he'll base his decision on best fit rather than position.

"I'm willing to play whatever," said Curran. "I do want to talk to every school that has offered me and get a feel for how they intend to use me on the field. I want to have a real good relationship with the coaches in the program I commit to. You have players coaches and tower coaches who don't really feel like the players are there to do more than just play football. I don't want a relationship that's strictly based on football. The camaraderie is why I play the game."

At Federal Way in Washington's King County, Curran is an honors student and reports a 3.22 GPA and a 1600 SAT score. He plans to study Architecture in college.

This spring, Curran was named defensive MVP at the Barton Football Academy Northwest Elite Camp in Bellevue. Two weeks ago, he won the state title in the triple jump with a 46-feet, 1-inch score.

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