Coach Spotlight: Aaron Curry

Kansas State just scored a big recruit in Steven West out of Fossil Ridge High School in Keller, Texas. They also have their eye on his teammate, Aaron Curry, a 6-3, 270, defensive tackle who received his first offer at Kansas State's Junior Day in March.

"He really liked it," said Fossil Ridge head coach Tony Baccarini of Curry's trip to Manhattan. "He sat across the desk from Coach Snyder, and that's a big deal. There are not many coaches out there with their name on the stadium. Aaron and his parents are good Christian people and really enjoy the family atmosphere at Kansas State."

Curry's father, also Aaron Curry, was an All-American at Oklahoma in basketball and is 18th on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,237 points. He was drafted in the 3rd round in the 1980 NBA draft by the New Jersey Nets. While the younger Curry does play basketball at Fossil Ridge, he has a big future ahead of him on the gridiron.

"Aaron is a young kid," said Baccarini. "He just turned 16, so he's younger than most of our other juniors. Last year was his first as a starter, but he played some as a sophomore. He's a big, strong, athletic player, very aggressive with a good motor."

As a junior, Curry had a big season with 68 tackles, eight sacks, four tackles for loss and was named 2nd team All-District (Texas 5A Region 1 District 7). Some of his basketball skills (and perhaps genes) come into play in Curry's game as a defensive lineman.

"He's got great footwork and agility," Baccarini said. "His agility helps him to get off his blocks, instead of just holding gaps waiting for the linebackers to make plays like most defensive tackles. He plays the game at pad level. We use him as a nose shade or one technique. He's very coachable, and I think his best football is still in front of him."

Other schools are becoming more interested in Curry. Both SMU and Missouri have expressed heavy interest and could be close to offering. Now that basketball season is ended, Curry is spending two days working on football skills and three days in the weight room.

The Panthers will begin spring practice on April 20th. Baccarini's team was just 2-8 in 2010. He expects Curry to have a huge senior season and help get their record turned around.

"Aaron is quiet for the most part," said Baccarini, "but he has a lot of charisma and a great heart. He's a nice kid, very pleasant to be around. In the classroom he does a good job. We have a high academic standard here at Fossil Ridge, so he's getting a good education."

Aaron Curry, at center/power forward, was the 6th man on the Panther basketball team helping them reach the 2nd round of the 5A playoffs. He wears Np. 93 for the football Panthers.

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