Porter Learns from Blake

Curtis Porter traveled to Chapel Hill two weekends ago with the intentions of working under the tutelage of John Blake at North Carolina's One-Day camp. However, a minor injury forced the 6-foot-2, 334-pound lineman to sit the sidelines for the entire camp.

"I really wanted to work out with the number one defensive line coach in the world," Porter said. "I was a little injured so I took the weekend off."

Porter made the trip with friends and fellow recruits Jhay Boyd and Willie Kennedy – both of Gastonia (N.C.) Ashbrook. The trio stayed both days of the camp. Boyd, like Porter, watched the camping activities from the sidelines.

While observing Blake coaching the defensive linemen, Porter was able to obtain several pointers.

"He's an awesome coach," Porter said. "I learned some things on how to rip, swim, bull rush, and pull."

Porter will gladly take every pointer he can receive since he will be seeing his first full-time role at defensive tackle this fall.

"[Defensive tackle] is what I'm being heavily recruited as," Porter said. "So I'm making the transition from right guard."

Since his freshman season, Porter has started at right guard for Charlotte (N.C.) West, which has reached the NCHSAA 4A State semifinals and finals in the past two seasons. Recently, though, Porter transferred to Charlotte (N.C.) Victory Christian Center and has already begun to practice with his new team.

"I had to do what's better for me," Porter said. "[Victory Christian is a better opportunity] in a wide variety of ways…to better myself, basically. The chance to play defensive tackle was a major reason."

Before concluding his UNC visit, Porter sat down with Blake.

"[He told me about] how they would love to have me there, and he just kept talking to me about what he expects out of his D-linemen," Porter said. "And he talked about my weight."

According to Porter, UNC would like for him to loss "a little bit" of weight, before they consider extending him a scholarship offer.

Porter, who hasn't garnered much media attention, claims offers from Clemson, Colorado, Duke, East Carolina, Florida, Florida State, Miami, and Michigan.

In addition to UNC, Porter has unofficially visited Duke, Florida, and Wake Forest. Before the end of the summer, he plans to revisit Florida and also make trips to Florida State, Miami, and Virginia Tech.

Porter, who isn't claiming any favorites, doesn't have a timeline established for his recruitment.

"I don't have a particular date [for a verbal commitment]," Porter said. "I don't know when I'll narrow it down, either."

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