Curvey Commits After Meeting of Old Friends

It was a reunion of sorts in Ames last weekend with a couple of current Houston (Texas) Westfield standouts meeting up with old friend Brandon Brown, Iowa State's sophomore starting WILL linebacker.

Brown, a member of the Cyclones' signing class of 2000, could have a lot more company in the near future after Westfield defensive lineman Brent Curvey committed to ISU over the weekend. Highly-touted defensive back Cory Campbell also made the trek to Ames and has serious interest in joining Curvey and Brown.

"Brandon's just so happy there," said Westfield head coach Ron Lynch, who coached all three defensive standouts. "When he comes back and hangs around the kids, he has nothing but positive things to say. I think that's a spin-off for these kids."

The 6-foot-2, 270-pound Curvey was so impressed on his visit that he canceled visits to Oklahoma State, TCU and SMU. Southern Miss was also set to make an offer in the near future.

"It's the same thing you hear quite a bit-- he likes the kids, coaching staff and felt comfortable there," Lynch said. "I really prefer them to make a couple of visits, so they know for sure. Rather than just falling in love with your first girlfriend, you need to date a few first.

"But Iowa State's a great place. A kid that we have there, Brandon Brown, really likes it. That's what happens sometimes if you have some kids that are happy there and another kid visits. They knew each other and Brent felt good about it."

ISU's recruiting of Curvey and Campbell has come in large part to defensive line coach Mike Nelson's follow-up work in the Houston area.

"When Coach Nelson saw Brandon a few years ago, he looked around and saw some of the younger kids we had," Lynch said. "He kind of had an eye on Brent and Cory. That's what happens as a recruiter. You come in, look around, see some of the younger kids and keep track of them."

Like Campbell, Curvey was an all-district selection in 15-5A. He ranked third on the team in tackles while playing mostly out of position as a senior. He'll most likely begin his college career as a defensive end, but figures to grow into a tackle or guard.

"Brent's a pretty good athlete for a 270-pound guy and can even dunk a basketball at 270 pounds," Lynch said. "We played him out of position. We started him at defensive end, but he played the first two or three games at middle linebacker. He runs a 4.7 and did a pretty good job there. We just did not have a guy capable of handling defensive end like he could.

"I think he'll be an inside guy in college and have his hand down. He uses his hands really well and is a very smart athlete. I think he'll do a good job. He'll see a lot of double teams in there, but he can run to the ball really well. He's 270 pounds now and doesn't even look like it. He'll probably end up weighing 280 or 290 in college and still be able to run well."

Curvey's teammate could also factor in at a few different positions. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Campbell played safety throughout his prep career, but has scholarship offers from LSU and Tennessee to play cornerback. Arkansas, Oklahoma and ISU round out his list of five favorites.

One thing isn't in doubt, however. The speedy Campbell will be an impact player for a major D-I program.

"He won the Rice Relays last year in track and ran a 10.4 100 meters," Lynch said. "We've got him in the high 4.3s in the 40. He runs 4.4 on grass and 4.3 on the track. He's a pretty fast kid."

So how much of a factor are the Cyclones with Brown already entrenched as a starter and Curvey set to sign in February?

"I definitely think it is a factor," Lynch said. "Kids like familiarity and they're used to seeing Coach Nelson around here. Brandon speaks real positive about the football program and the future of it.

"Cory had a great visit to Iowa State and was real positive. He's going to make his visits to Tennessee, LSU and Arkansas. Those will probably be his other visits. I think he's going to take all of them and then make a decision. I know Tennessee has been recruiting him hard for the last few weeks. Oklahoma has also offered him. I bet he's got 15 or 20 offers in writing."

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