Recruiting: Curtis Picks Arkansas

We just got off the phone with Camden (Fairview), Ark., running back De'Anthony Curtis. The top prospect in the state of Arkansas said he will sign with Arkansas on National Signing Day this Wednesday.

"It's about family and staying close to family in Arkansas," said Curtis initially about his decision to pick Arkansas over Oklahoma State and Ole Miss. "I'm already a household name here in Arkansas, so I wanted to keep my name in Arkansas."

After confirming his decision Curtis did say that he had called the other coaches involved, including Oklahoma State assistant head coach and running backs coach Curtis Luper to inform them of his decision.

Curtis had committed to Arkansas early last fall but softened his commitment when Houston Nutt left Arkansas to become head coach at Mississippi. Curtis has narrowed his schools down to the Razorbacks, Oklahoma State and Ole Miss. His recruitment to Oklahoma State has been highlighted by an admitted strong relationship with Luper.

The 5-9, 200-pound Curtis is a blazer that rushed 119 times for 1,237 yards and 19 touchdowns this past season. He also added 40 receptions for another 707 yards and four touchdowns. In total he had more than 2,500 all-purpose yards with a combined 27 touchdowns.

Oklahoma State is not without running backs in its recruiting class as they have Butler (Kans.) Community College All-American Beau Johnson already on campus and commitments to sign on Wednesday from Guthrie's Kye Staley and speedster Travis Miller of Marlin, Texas.

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