Recruiting: Curtis To Visit OSU This Weekend

De'Anthony Curtis, ranked as the 21st-best running back prospect in the nation, originally committed to Arkansas last July. But following the departure of Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt, the 5-foot-9, 198-pounder has re-opened his recruitment. Oklahoma State will be getting his first official visit since he began exploring his options, and GoPokes.com talked with Curtis earlier this week.

Curtis, a four-star recruit, will be joined by his parents as his makes the trip from his hometown of Camden, Ark., to Stillwater on Friday.

"I'm looking forward to this weekend," Curtis said. "Right now, I'm just in the process of setting up some visits and seeing what's out there."

Oklahoma State assistant coach Curtis Luper originally recruited Curtis before he committed to Arkansas last summer. "He understood (when I committed to Arkansas) and told me I had to do what was best for me," said Curtis. "But he called me back after Coach Nutt resigned ... I told him that I was opening my recruitment back up."

That led to this weekend's visit. "The coaches said they are practicing, and I'm looking forward to seeing that," said Curtis, who rushed for 1,237 yards and 18 touchdowns on just 119 carries (an average of nearly 10.4 yards) and he also caught 40 passes for 707 yards and four TDs. In addition, he had two punt returns and two kickoff returns for touchdowns.

Why is Curtis interested in Oklahoma State? "Coach Luper and I have a good connection," said Curtis, who also hopes to set up visits to Tennessee and Texas Tech.

What he's looking for on his official visits – whether it be Oklahoma State, Tennessee or Texas Tech? "How quick I can get on the field and how well I connect with the coaches," Curtis said.

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