As a native of Sumter, S.C., you can easily forgive quarterback Stephen Curtis if he has not taken sides in the rivalry that pits NC State against North Carolina.
The 6-3, 220-pound pocket passer is probably much more familiar with the Palmetto State's chief rivalry -- South Carolina-Clemson. Nonetheless, Curtis made the trip to Tobacco Road recently and attended camps in both Raleigh and Chapel Hill. Pack Pride caught up with him after the fact to see how everything went.
"I think the (State) camp went pretty good," Curtis said. "I was just there for one day, on the 20th. I did a bunch of different drills with coach Bible, and I enjoyed that. I think I did real good, just in the one-on-ones, throwing with the receivers. There were so many QB's up there, though, I didn't get much of a chance to talk to (coaches).
"I still like them. I really like the facilities, the campus and all the stuff up there. It's a really nice place."
What did he think of the camp he attended at UNC?
"Well, I went to Chapel Hill on Friday before I went to NC State on Saturday," he continued. "It was good. Their campus is real nice, but I don't know if they're signing a QB."
While the Pack and Heels are apparently both interested in Curtis, neither party has offered and it's unclear if they're seriously considering doing so down the road. Curtis isn't worried, though. He should have some other solid options.
"I'm going to Wake (Forest) sometime next month, then I'm just gonna go to Liberty. That's not for a camp. It'll just be a visit. They (Liberty) offered on Friday. I'm supposed to talk to Tennessee. They say they're supposed to offer a couple of people, so they're going to let me know."
As far as favorites go, all of those schools he already mentioned are in a pretty good spot with Curtis. Noticeably absent is Furman, the first school to extend an offer.
"I haven't really talked to Wake that much but I like them a lot. Wake, NC State, UNC and Tennessee are all up there. I actually like Liberty a lot. They have real nice facilities."
Curtis had a huge junior season for Sumter (SC) High, as he led his team 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.
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