Aaron Curry treats people around him with kindness...at least until he steps onto the field.
"He's an unbelievable kid,"said Tony Baccarini, Curry's coach at Fossil Ridge High in Keller, Texas. "He's a solid student. He got a 1050 the first time on his SAT. He's just a really nice kid until the lights come on. Then, he's not so nice."
"He really enjoyed Iowa," Baccarini said. "He liked the coaches, the facilities and the school out there. I think he likes Iowa a lot."
"I think it's pretty open at the moment," the coach said. "His family has a lot to do with the decision. It's not just him making the decision."
Baccarini said that Curry holds about 20 scholarship offers. That list includes Iowa, Missouri, Boise State, Utah,Arizona, Ole Miss, Baylor, Boston College, Kansas, Kansas State and Iowa State. Mississippi is searching for a new coach after firing Houston Nutt this week.
Scout.com rates Curry as the No. 41 player at his position nationally in the '12 class. The service lists him as a three-star prospect on its five-star scale.
"He's a very good player," Baccarini said. "He's explosive. Most DTs are kind of gap holders. He makes plays. He makes a lot of plays. He pass rushes, splits double teams. He runs people down on the sideline. He's just very, very active."
The coach said that Curry is playing his best football as a senior.
"He's always stood out," Baccarini said. "He's developed this year into an every-single-down guy. He never takes a play off. His motor runs non-stop. He's become a real dominant player."
Baccarini believes Curry could excel in an odd or even front at the next level.
"He plays a little end for us when we're odd," the coach said. "He'd be a tremendous nose (tackle). He lines up at nose for us a little bit. Last year, he was mostly a three-technique. This year, he plays one, three and a little bit of shade-nose."
Curry unofficially visited Missouri and Baylor this summer.
"He wants to play early," Baccarini said. "He wants to go somewhere where he gets a good education and possibly get to another level after college."