Sumter, South Carolina quarterback Stephen Curtis is playing the waiting game, and NC State is one of the schools he is hoping to hear more from.
The 6-3, 220-pound pro-style quarterback from the Palmetto State has been sitting on offers from a couple of smaller FCS programs for a while now but he’s still holding out hope for that elusive big-time offer.
The larger programs from the major conferences have told him that he'll need to put together impressive performances in his first few games of his senior season to draw offers, so preparation is of the utmost importance.
"We've started up with football and we've been doing two-a-days," Curtis told Pack Pride in a telephone interview over the weekend. "I haven't really done too much recruiting stuff lately. I'm just doing practice and all that. I think we're gonna be just as good as we were last year. We've got a pretty good shot to go back (to the state championship)."
Last year Sumter fell in the 4A State Championship against Byrnes High School, and Curtis hopes to change the outcome and emerge victorious in that game, should they reach it, this year.
"I think I'm doing a lot better from all the work I did at camps this summer," he continued. "I've done better in the scrimmages this year than last."
While he hasn't been devoting a lot of attention to the recruiting process, inevitably it's something he has to pay some attention to.
"NC State told me it's me and one or two other guys that they're looking at," he explained. "I think one of the other guys is (Hutson) Mason out of Georgia and one other kid. They want to see our first two or three games and then they'll see if they'll offer.
"I called coach (Jim) Bridge on Friday, but I think I called during practice. He didn't answer so I left him a message. They can't get back to us now, but I'm pretty sure I'll be hearing from him on (September) 1st."
Curtis said Tennessee has basically told him they are in wait-and-see mode as well.
As a junior, Curtis threw for over 2,400 yards passing, 25 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. He added better than 400 yards rushing and 11 scores from his quarterback position.
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