Curtis Has a Leader

Sumter (SC) quarterback Stephen Curtis doesn't know why he only has an offer from Furman at this stage in the recruiting process.

Sumter (SC) quarterback Stephen Curtis doesn't know why he only has an offer from Furman at this stage in the recruiting process.

"To be honest, I'm surprised by it," said Curtis. "Both college coaches and high school coaches say I'm a really good quarterback capable of playing on the highest level. I went to two camps where I was the best quarterback.

"Maybe it's just a matter of the colleges already having quarterbacks. I've been close to getting offers, but it seems like as soon as it's about to happen that school would get a commitment. But my coach keeps telling me that it's still early and once I get that first one they will start rolling in."

Curtis carries a 3.8 GPA, possesses prototypical size at 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, and was productive on the field. He led Sumter (SC) High to a 12-3 record and an appearance in the Class AAAA Division I championship game against Byrnes High School.

Curtis finished the year with over 2,400 yards passing, 25 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. He added another 400+ yards rushing and 11 scores from his quarterback position.

"College coaches say they like my size and how I'm a physical player," said Curtis. "They like how well I play the game and the fact that I am a leader."

Curtis holds an offer from Furman but is hoping for more. He's already camped at Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and South Carolina, and he will camp at North Carolina this Friday (June 19th) followed by NC State on Saturday (June 20th). He is also scheduled to attend an Elite 11 camp in Las Vegas, Nevada in a couple of weeks.

"The camps have gone well," said Curtis. "Vanderbilt was going to offer me a scholarship but they got a commitment. Tennessee's camp was good too. Coach Reaves told me I had a pretty good shot at getting an offer and they are going to let me know at the end of the month. I've also been to South Carolina, but they already have a quarterback commitment."

Curtis attended a 7-on-7 at Clemson this past Saturday, where he impressed those in attendance, including CUTigers.com's Roy Philpott.

"There was also a lot of conversation about Sumter quarterback Stephen Curtis," wrote Philpott. "The 6-foot-3, 205-pound gun slinger was showing off his arm big time. Curtis has a strong presence about him, especially the way he stands in the pocket and delivers the football.

"He stands tall, almost Payton Manning like, when he throws. Most of his passes were very accurate, especially when he threw the post or on flag routes. Clemson isn't looking to recruit a quarterback for the 2010 class, but Curtis was definitely impressive in the 7-on-7 games."

"I did well at Clemson," said Curtis. "I threw the ball well, but I don't think they are taking a quarterback this year. I talked with coach Steele before I left, and he said they may take a quarterback if one of theirs transfers."

One program that has made an impression is NC State. Curtis is being recruited by Wolfpack tight ends coach Jim Bridge and is looking forward to attending the camp on Saturday. NC State is expected to have several quarterbacks on campus who have a shot at earning an offer.

"I really like NC State," said Curtis. "Coach Bridge is recruiting me and he's come to my school and called me when he can. I know they haven't offered any quarterbacks so I'm going to that camp looking to get an offer.

"My cousin's husband is a coach at Greenwood High School, and he's been talking to me a lot about NC State. He took some of their players like Sam Montgomery up there for a visit last year and he was trying to get them to go there. He said it would be a good fit for me, and that if he could pick anywhere to play it would have been there because he really likes NC State's coaching staff."

Curtis admits that he has a top five with one program having the early edge.

"I would say No. 1 is NC State followed by Tennessee, Vanderbilt, [South] Carolina, and UNC," said Curtis. "NC State is showing me a lot of interest, and I think they are close to offering me, them and Tennessee.

"I'd say NC State would be my leader because I think I would have a chance to play there and the coaching staff is really good. The coaches developed Matt Ryan into being a high draft pick... that's definitely a good thing."

Would Curtis commit to NC State if the Wolfpack extend a scholarship offer?

"I think if NC State ends up offering me I'd probably take a week or something to think about it," said Curtis. "I'd probably call all of the coaches recruiting me, see what the deal is and go from there.

"This is my first time going to NC State. If I like the campus and feel like it's a good place for me I would probably end up committing."

Curtis attended a South Carolina Shrine Bowl combine at Irmo High School where he measured in at 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds. He benched 185 pounds 14 times, posted a 4.9-second 40-yard dash, and a 4.22 shuttle.

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