C.J. Curry: His Coach's Take

GoPokes.com interviewed the coach for each of the Oklahoma State commitments in the days leading up to National Signing Day. In this installment of "His Coach's Take," we visit with Lee Shaw, the head coach at Flowery Branch (Ga.) High School this past season, about C.J. Curry, a 6-2, 205-pound wide receiver who caught 45 passes for 805 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior.

What are C.J.'s strengths as a football player?
Lee Shaw: He has a knack for getting open. He's football savvy. He comes from a football family. With his dad being a coach, he's been around it his whole life. He's a great route runner. He's tough; he can take a hit across the middle on a dig route or a quick slant and pop back up and be ready for the next play. He's just one of those guys that has that it factor, and he's one that can make you really good.

What do you think will be the biggest transition for him moving from the high school game to the Big 12 Conference?
Lee Shaw: What it is for all of them, the speed of the game. How fast the secondary can react and adjust, and that burst of speed that they have when you think you've stuck them on a dig move and you've separated and all of a sudden they close the gap on you. When he gets to that next level he will become a better route runner because he will have to be.

Do you think C.J. has a chance to make an instant impact or will there be an adjustment period for him?
Lee Shaw: It used to be the thing to redshirt them but with so many athletes coming out not who are not only athletic but they understand the game and their skill development is better than maybe in the past ... a lot of guys are ready to step right in and contribute. But it all depends on what the depth chart looks like, the philosophy of the head coach. I think he can be a guy that can step in and get some reps. Will he be an impact guy? You never know until he gets a chance on the field.

Why do you think he chose Oklahoma State?
Lee Shaw: I think his trip that he took, the facilities, the style of offense, I think there were a lot factors that went into it. I didn't personally sit down and ask C.J., I try not to do that, but I think he felt like it was the best fit for him personally.

What do you think he is capable of accomplishing over the course of his college career at OSU?
Lee Shaw: I think he could be special. I think he could be one of those guys at the end of his college career that you're talking about playing at the next level. I think he's got all the tools. Those guys aren't just getting a good football player, they're getting a first-class individual that's got high character and comes from a family that preaches that and walks that as well. I know that quarterbacks are kind of the face of the program but they're getting a guy that can be the face of that program as well.

What will you remember the most about coaching C.J.?
Lee Shaw: He showed up at practice every day ready to get better. He was always smiling. He was the epitome of the team player. I never had to deal with him being a high maintenance-type guy. I mean he wanted the ball every play, which the best ones do, but he didn't pout when he didn't (get the ball). He tried to become a better blocker, he tried to become a more rounded football player. He would cheer for his teammates. He was just a great leader for me in that short period of time that I was able to coach him. I was very fortunate that I was able to coach him.

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