Brewster Academy recruit Curtis Haywood visited Georgia Tech in December and gave them his verbal commit. Wednesday, the Oklahoma native made it official by signing his letter of intent.
Curtis is happy to have his recruitment behind him and he’s looking forward to the next step in his career. “It feels great. I thank God every day for giving me the ability to play basketball and to have my college education paid for.” Curtis is thankful that his family pushed him to get better on and off the court. “Coach (Josh) Pastner has the team headed in the right direction and I hope to be a big part of the return to glory”
The weekend prior to signing his letter of intent, Curtis spoke with Coach Pastner. “He said he was expecting me to bring my high energy to match what the team has now.” Curtis let Coach Pastner know that he was ready to do just that. I’m very excited about my future at Georgia Tech and I’m excited about what I feel the team will be doing."
Curtis has already begun building relationships with the current members of the team. “The first two players I got to talk to that made me feel at ease and a part of the family were Tadric Jackson and
Justin Moore. I can tell the team is a close knit group that gets along well with one another."
Coach Pastner and Haywood have never gone into detail about where he would be playing but Curtis feels he be a shooting guard. “I'll play wherever Coach wants to me to suit up and play. I look at it as an honor to be on the floor and playing at a major college basketball program in the best conference in the country."
His family is on board with Curtis’ decision to attend Tech. They had always wanted to visit Atlanta and they are looking forward to having the chance to watch him play there. “They are as excited about me
going to Georgia Tech as I am. It really feels good to know that I can look up into the stands and see them when we play. Family is important."
Haywood recently completed the final step of his prep career when he and his teammates went undefeated and won the national prep championship. “It’s a great feeling to go out in that fashion.” Curtis hopes to bring that feeling with him to Tech. “It’s something that rubs off of you onto other players and seems to make everyone hungry to win."
The next step for Curtis will be to finish his final year at Brewster. He’ll then get together with his family and plan his move to Atlanta. “I have some exciting times in front of me. It’s just a great feeling."