Interview: Curtis Justus

From Perry, Okla., tight end Curtis Justus is arguably the nation's premier tight end prospect. His performances at the last two summer camps he went to proved that.

After a very busy month of May talking with college coaches from all around the country, Justus began his summer camp tour at the University of Michigan.

He checked in at 6-foot-6 and 205 pounds. Don't let the 205 fool you. When you see him in person, as I did at the Miami camp, he strikes you as the type of kid that can gain 30-40 pounds within two years. And Curtis agrees with that number. The thing that blew me away was his timings. Accuracy is the key here, as Michigan times their kids electronically at their camp. Justus ripped off a 4.59 on his first run, then a 4.61 on his second. That's really moving for a kid who is 6-6 and will soon be 240 pounds. When he gains weight, he's also gaining strength and should be able to increase his time.

To put that into perspective, we're talking about a kid whose time is faster than two of Miami's defensive backs from last year who are now playing on Sundays - Leonard Myers (4.62) and Al Blades (4.66).

Your current core GPA: 4.0

Your current ACT score: 25

Talk about your experience at the Miami camp: I had a really good time. I only worked out for one day, but I talked with the coaches the whole time. My family made a vacation out of it. We stayed for six days. My dad, my mom, and my sisters also came along. We had a real nice time.

Talk about the Miami campus: It's real different. All the palm trees and everything make it real interesting.

Talk about some of the Miami coaches: Mark Stoops is recruiting me. I like him a lot. He seems like a real good coach who really cares about you. Coach Chudzinski is another coach I really like. He really knows what he's doing, and I like the fact that he played tight end there not too long ago, which will help him relate to me some things.

If signing day were tomorrow, what's it looking like? Well, my top four right now are Miami, Michigan, Oklahoma, and Stanford.

What are your plans for any more camps, official visits, etc: We'll probably be going to camps at Arkansas and Alabama, then I might go to the Oklahoma State one-day camp. I want to take my official visits this season before I make a final decision.

Justus says all four schools involved are recruiting him as a tight end. I think Justus would be a perfect fit for the UM offense, just like a Jeremy Shockey. He has a good relationship with Coach Chudzinski and I got the feeling that he was very impressed with the Miami area and its campus. I think a visit late in the season when it's 85 degrees and sunny in Miami with Shockey as his host will really go a long way in factoring into his decision.

It's going to be very tough to get Justus out of Oklahoma, but we did it with Shockey, and I think we have a great chance in doing it with Justus.

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