2011 Intro: Shaquan Curenton

ASHEVILLE, N.C. --- In Erwin High School's spread, pistol offense, the philosophy is to spread the ball around equally to all of the receivers. In spite of that, Shaquan Curenton has emerged to significantly lead the team in receiving the past two seasons.

"He's a great route runner, has great speed, he's a strong kid… he understands coverage and is almost like having a coach on the field," Erwin head football coach Mike Sexton said. "He really understands the game. He's a great blocker, also."

In his first season starting, his sophomore year, Curenton -- a 5-foot-11, 170-pounder -- broke out with 65 receptions for 1,090 yards and 11 touchdowns. Those numbers dropped to 40 catches for 759 yards and six touchdowns this past season.

"Last year we had a tremendous tailback so our passing yards went down," Sexton said.

That tailback, Martese Jackson, rushed for over 2,100 yards and 33 touchdowns but was a senior. Thus, Curenton's offensive production is expected to resemble his sophomore season more than his junior year.

"I've been in the weight room working hard because our team isn't going to be as strong as last year, but we can be just as good or even better," Curenton said.

Curenton also starts at cornerback on Erwin's defense.

Recruiting-wise, Curenton has been somewhat flying under the radar. Regardless, schools like Clemson, East Carolina, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, and Tennessee have inquired about him.

"I think once people see him, they'll really like him," Sexton said.

Curenton, who camped at Clemson last year, plans to get seen at several camps this summer. He hasn't made any definite plans, but is considering camping at UNC and Tennessee.

Most schools are recruiting Curenton as a wide receiver, his preferred position.

"[Wide receiver] is what I've been playing ever since I started playing football," Curenton said.

With so much uncertainty in his recruitment, Curenton, who grew up following Ohio State, isn't favoring any schools.

"I just want to play college football at the highest level possible," Curenton said.

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