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Offensive lineman Brandon Godfrey is one of four 2013 Tulane commits at top-ranked John Curtis on to get Godfrey's reaction to Curtis' national title with additional comments from teammates and coaches.

Tulane pledge Brandon Godfrey and gigantic Anthony Taylor (6-7, 340, SR) anchored No. 1 John Curtis Christian's o-line from bookend tackle positions.

"It is a real blessing to be crowned national champs and an even bigger blessing to be on the team with these players, coaches and family atmosphere we have at Curtis," said Godfrey, the country's 34th-ranked senior center.

"We have worked to be state champions for all four years of high school and to leave as state and national champions is amazing. I couldn't have imagined a better ending to a senior school year and football season."

2014 prospect Raekwon James was fourth on the team in rushing. James entered his junior campaign a proven veteran having nabbed MVP honors in last year's 33-3 victory over Winnfield in the state championship.

"It was a long season but being on the team with my brothers made it very easy to get through," James said. "We all worked hard side-by-side and pushed each other week in and week out.

"But we couldn't have done it without our coaches and the countless hours of film they watch to prepare us for our opponents. I feel like we're on top of the world."

The 2012 Curtis team's bench press numbers were perhaps unprecedented on the prep level.

Numerous Patriots were benching at least 300 pounds prior to kickoff of the 2012 season, with James boosting a max of 365 lbs. and 2014 DB Prine Lewis (5-9, 175) powering up 335 lbs.

Four Patriots entered the fall with 425-plus pound bench maxes on their resume.

"It's a great feeling knowing you're ranked number one in the country," Lewis said. "We all worked hard as a unit and as individuals but most importantly our coaching staff worked their butts off every day of the week. The coaches did everything possible to mentally prepare us for all games.

"For us to get that number one spot we had to finish strong with another state championship. That (state) was our first goal then 'whatever happens' and now we're ranked number one in the country, and we really deserve it."

Another 2014 standout in the secondary - Mattrell McGraw - chimed in to add his perspective.

"Being national champs is a great accomplishment but it does automatically set our standards even higher for next year because we'll be targeted by all other great schools," McGraw stated. "So now it's on us, as upcoming seniors, to build our own identity."

JCCS coach Johnny Curtis, who oversees the linebackers, is the son of head coach J.T. Curtis Jr. and a darn good LB himself.

As a Curtis sophomore Johnny was named MVP of the state championship game. He went on to a successful college career, as did sibling Jeff (Tulane QB).

"The thing I would say about this year's team was they didn't take one day for granted," Johnny said. "From the beginning we were ranked highly and everyone knows that most people pull hard for the underdog.

"It's easy to be motivated when you're the underdog. This team was on top from the beginning and never wavered."

The Patriots posted a 14-0 mark for the second straight season. The defense limited 11-of-14 foes to single-digit scoring, never allowing greater than 20 points in a single game.

Curtis collected three shutouts over a four-week stretch of the regular season.

Mattrell McGraw pic by recruiting analyst Steve Robertson

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