The headlines seem so repetitive and familiar.
"5-Star Recruit Commits at Army All American Game."
"Top-ranked Prospect Holds Press Conference to Announce Commitment."
"High School Player Picks College During Game Cast."
It boils down to this: the higher the rank, the bigger the stage. No one has broken the typical announcement mold…until now. What if a player was truly given flexibility to be creative about how he announced his commitment, regardless of ranking or prestige? What if high school kids took charge of the recruiting game and added some original twists to make it even more memorable? What if statements that dictate an athlete's entire future could be made to mean something more than just a two-minute interview on television?
Enter 6-3, 210-pound Dwyer defensive end Curt Maggitt. Maggitt is a four-star defensive prospect who projects as a DE or OLB on the next level. He has offers from Alabama, Florida, Iowa, Iowa State, LSU, Miami, North Carolina, Rutgers, South Florida, Tennessee, Texas Tech and Wisconsin. Maggitt's explosive first step is pure instinct. He will cause serious problems off the edge for offensive tackles in college with his speed and some additional weight. Right now, he said he likes "SEC and ACC schools" that have extended offers.
But, it isn't all about offers and pass rushing for Maggitt. This high school football player doesn't have a one-track mind that stays buried on the field. He is working to blaze his own trail and he will start with his college announcement at 12:30 p.m. on December 26, 2010. Maggitt hopes his plans will change the face of recruiting and set a positive example for future prospects all over the nation.
"It will be really cool. I can't wait to show people what I'm all about," Maggitt said when talking about his announcement.
So, what's so different about Maggitt's idea?
He will be a guest on the nationally televised program "Respect Outdoors" on the Sportsman Channel and will give viewers an intimate look into his character and values. By the end of the half hour program, Maggitt hopes viewers will know a little more about him and what he stands for.
"It's better than a quick announcement on T.V. because I can actually show people what my family and friends mean to me. I can show my personality and let them get to know me," Maggitt said.
Maggitt has developed a great relationship with Robert Arrington of the Sportsman Channel. He said he is so thankful to Arrington for helping him reveal who he is off the field.
"Rob's great. He has helped me so much and I'm so excited for the show to air."
Curt Maggitt isn't your typical high school kid. He has a great talent on the football field but it doesn't stop there. He is focused, mature, and well rounded with a strong character and integrity to top it all off. He hopes his announcement will encourage players around the country to be bold and get their stories out there. He wants to see more young guys doing it their way and allowing an audience to get a peek at what makes them tick as a person, not just a football star.
Here is a copy of the press release documenting Maggitt's intentions:
Curt Maggitt's College Decision Announcement
Mr. Curt Maggitt, William T. Dwyer Community High School, Senior Defensive End makes decision on where to attend college and play football.
Palm Beach County, Florida – Mr. Curt Maggitt announces today, August 16, 2010 that on December 26, 2010 at 12:30pm Eastern time he will announce his final decision on where he will be attending college and playing his colligate football career. His announcement will be made as a featured guest on the nationally televised program, Respect Outdoors, with his good friend, Robert Arrington.
Football is and always has been a major part of Curt's life. However, the love of family and the desire to broaden his horizons have driven him to become much more than an outstanding athlete; he has matured into an outstanding person with just as much integrity & character as muscle & speed. Over the course of the show, you'll be privileged to find out much more than who Curt Maggitt the football player is; you'll find out who Curt Maggitt the person is. His integrity, work ethic, personality and dedication to always being his best will be on full display. Catching and cooking fresh Mutton Snapper, shooting sporting clays or trying to run down and catch wild armadillo's is just a small part of the show that is to come. The program will be a half hour special dedicated to telling the story of who Curt Maggitt really is and what he's doing when not causing complete chaos to opposing offenses on the grid iron.
This announcement comes as a result of the many questions and continuous inquires regarding the future plans and direction of Curt's college career. At this time Mr. Maggitt is entirely committed to Coach Daniels and the entire Dwyer High School football team in the pursuit of a repeat State 4A championship. This is Curt's final year of high school and his mission will be to excel as a student, teammate and friend. He would like to personally thank each and every college for the honor of offering him a scholarship to attend their school. His decision is going to be very hard and will come in due time after much thought, prayer and consultation with his family and Coach Daniels.
Respect Outdoors is aired nationally on the Sportsman Channel. For more information on programming schedule or any other production issues, please contact Robert Arrington.
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