The Terps are searching for hybrids to man their defense’s “BUCK” linebacker position, and May 18 UMD defensive coordinator Andy Buh and defensive backs coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim identified another possible candidate in American Heritage (Delray Beach, Fla.) defensive end/outside linebacker Noah Curtis. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Curtis has about 15 offers in tow, but he said the Maryland look grabbed his attention.
“I’d say when Maryland came in, that’s one that caught my eye,” said Curtis, who also holds offers from NC State, Pitt, Minnesota, Southern Miss, WVU, Western Kentucky, USF, Marshall, UNC, Iowa State, Kentucky, FAU and more. “It was just an exciting offer to get. It was my first Big Ten offer and that’s a great conference. Maryland plays a lot of tough teams, so that’s a great opportunity for me. Also, I train with their cornerback, Will Likely, and I’m hitting him up now about the Terps. There’s a lot of guys down here in South Florida who have been talking about Maryland recently, so it’s a school that’s definitely very interesting to me.”
Curtis hadn’t had contact with the UMD staff prior to May 18, but he enjoyed seeting Buh and Abdul-Rahim all the same. He later spoke to them briefly, the assistants letting the edge rusher know they loved his film and wanted to offer.
“Maryland is a school me, my teammates and my coaches are going to be stopping at this summer,” Curtis said. “I’m excited to get up there and learn more about them. Right now, all I know is Will Likely goes there and they’re Big Ten, so I’ve got to get up there to see more.”
The Terps are hardly the only program that’s on Curtis’ mind, however. He said a recent Minnesota offer was attractive, in addition to previous looks from NC State, Pitt, North Carolina and Kentucky.
“NC State and Pitt have been showing the most love so far,” Curtis said. “So I’m definitely interested in those two. Then Kentucky, I like them because I visited there for the spring game, and North Carolina is big for me too. But I don’t have a favorite right now. No leaders until I see some more schools.”
Maybe so, but Curtis does have a few “dream” offers he’d like to procure.
“I’d love to have Miami, Florida State, Alabama and Michigan,” Curtis said. “All of those schools have shown some interest and will be at our spring game. So all of those are great programs I’d love the opportunity to play for.”
Curtis has only seen three campuses to date: Kentucky’s, FAU’s and Tennessee’s. During the summer, though, Curtis and his fellow American Heritage teammates will be hitting the likes of FSU; NC State; UNC; Alabama; Tennessee; Notre Dame; Maryland; Pitt; and possibly more.
“Then after we take those visits, I should be getting ready to make my [college] decision,” Curtis said. “I’m pretty set on doing it in July. I want to get it over with before camp starts in August.”
Curtis mentioned the majority of his looks are for outside linebacker, defensive end or a hybrid spot. He does have two offers for tight end from Minnesota and Western Kentucky, although he mentioned he has no preference for position.
Curtis is coming off a season where he recorded 75 tackles, 13 sacks, two forced fumbles, a return touchdown and a blocked punt.