As a sophomore, Kaymen Cureton led the Los Angeles High Romans to a 12-2 record and their first city championship since 1965.
Last week he was rewarded with his first scholarship offer and interest from a handful of other college programs, including Notre Dame.
“Coach Mike (Elston) got in contact with us,” said Cureton, a 6-foot-1, 187-pounder. We sent him my film and I think it was like within three minutes and he contacted us right back and asked what class I was in. I told him Class of 2017 and he said, ‘Perfect, we only have one quarterback in that class and I could possibly be the second one.’”
Cureton is interested in all three of his early suitors.
“If Notre Dame were to offer I would really take that into consideration,” he said. “I would visit as soon as possible to get up there and talk to all the coaches and I like San Jose State since they offered and Duke.”
Cureton hopes to visit San Jose State in July.
Last fall, Cureton completed 145-of-225 passes (64.4-percent) for 2,903 yards and 23 touchdowns to just six interceptions. He also rushed for 451 yards on just 44 carries, a 10.3 yards per carry average, and three scores.
“We actually run a pro-style offense, the same as Notre Dame,” Cureton said. “It’s mostly pass, about 70-30, but sometimes the pocket broke down. That’s where most of the rushing yards came from.”
Cureton was at his best when it mattered most.
He completed 45-of-73 passes for 836 yards with six touchdowns to just two interceptions in three post-season games and threw for 290 yards and two scores in the city championship game, a 28-14 win over Monroe.
Cureton is motivated by the athletics success of two family members.
His father, Clay Cureton, played running back and defensive back at San Diego State and his uncle is the late Tony Gwynn, a Major League Baseball Hall of Famer.
“It inspires me a lot, especially seeing my dad and uncle Tony because they’re not just great athletes, they’re great father figures too off the field,” Cureton said. “It’s great to have both of them in my life.”