Recently, ShowMeMizzou.com spoke with J.T. Curtis, the head coach at John Curtis Christian High School in River Ridge, Louisiana, one of the nation’s truly elite football programs, and last year’s National Champion. Coach Curtis talked about his longstanding relationship with Missouri Assistant Coach Pat Washington, and he talked about a few of the 2014 prospects from Curtis whom Missouri and many other colleges are recruiting.
“I’ve known Coach Washington for a long time,” said Coach Curtis. “He’s an excellent coach and an excellent recruiter! If there’s anybody I think can get in this community and open up the door to that university, it’d be a guy like Pat.”
“He’s excellent,” said Coach Curtis, continuing to talk about Coach Washington. “He’s a good person, on top of that, not just a good coach. I think every place that he’s been and the players he’s worked with, I like him as a guy that cared about them as individuals. That’s so important.”
Coach Curtis said that Coach Washington had made a recruiting stop at Curtis this spring.
“Coach Washington had a nice visit, and he had a chance to watch practice,” explained Coach Curtis. “He looked at a couple of DBs, a linebacker, a wide-receiver, and I think he had some interest in one of the running backs. So we had a good visit.”
Coach Curtis profiled each of the players to whom he referred.
CB Terrence Alexander 5’10” 180 “Terrence Alexander is a true corner, in that he is a cover-type corner. Nice size. He ran 4.47 laser-timed forty at the Nike combine, so he’s got obviously good speed. He has good ball skills.”
S Mattrell McGraw 5’11” 190 “Mattrell McGraw is a guy that can play a variety of places for you in the secondary. He’s an excellent open-field tackler! He’ll be a safety of some sort, depending on their scheme. He could be a nickel back, or a four-three outside linebacker-type guy. He has the speed to play corner, but he’s just an explosive-type tackler…………………………………….. He does a great job of tackling in open space.”
LB Kenny Young 6’2” 225 “Kenny Young is a linebacker who can run. He really brings the best of both worlds in that he has excellent speed and break on the ball, and yet is physical enough to play inside and play the run. He has great acceleration to the ball.”
WR Malachi Dupre 6’3” 195 “Dupre is a big, physical receiver who has excellent speed. He won the high jump, has jumped 6’9”. He won the long jump (23’6”) and the triple jump (44’2”) at the state track meet. He was the field MVP at the state track meet. He has excellent hands, and runs good routes. He’s just an explosive guy.”
RB George Moreira 5’10” 205 “George Moreira is a big strong running back. He was second in the 300 hurdles in the state track meet. He’s a physical runner who runs inside really well but yet he has the speed to get the ball to the corner and make big plays. He’s a north-south guy. He’s not going to do a lot of dancing, although he does have the ability to make you miss in the open field. He really is a physical, north-south runner.”
Dupre ran a 4.53 laser-timed forty, and he has posted a 42” vertical.
Young can play either the WLB or the MLB in a 4-3 defense.
“All of these kids have numerous offers,” explained Coach Curtis.
Coach Curtis said that none of his current group of players are close to being ready to commit. He also said that as a matter of policy, once his players do commit, that they’re done with recruiting.
In the meantime, Coach Washington will do his part to continue to open the door for Missouri into the Curtis community.