Darius Curry: His Coach's Take

GoPokes.com is interviewing 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 the Flowery Branch (Ga.) High School coach Chris Griffin about Darius Curry, a 6-foot-1 cornerback who has double-digit offers from schools across the nation.

What are Darius' strengths as a football player?
Chris Griffin: He's got great size and great speed. He understands the game, works really hard and has great work ethic. But here's the thing that I tell a lot of people, as good as Darius is on the field, he is better off the field. He's a tremendous person with high character. He does great in the classroom and the community. He's kind of a dream player. He just does all the little things right.

What do you think will be the biggest transition for him moving from the high school game to the Big 12 Conference?
Chris Griffin: The speed. We played against a pretty good set of teams this year, they had some good players and some good size. But I think the biggest difference between the two levels of football is speed. He has great speed but when you get to that next level, they all run like that. That will be the biggest transition for him.

Do you think he has a chance to make an instant impact or will there be an adjustment period for him?
Chris Griffin: I don't know what Oklahoma State has as far as their ideas for him. But his brother (wide receiver C.J. Curry) is already there, so he's got a really good understanding of what they do. But he's probably got a little bit of a mental head start over a lot (of other recruits). But he'll be able to jump right in if they need him to and play in a hurry.

Why do you think he chose Oklahoma State?
Chris Griffin: Oklahoma State is one of the premier programs in the country. They have phenomenal facilities and great coaches. It's a good school and the community itself is very attractive. With his brother there, that had a little bit of play (in his decision). Darius is the first one to tell you he's making his decision based on what's best for him, but it's just a good fit for him. He likes what they do and how they run their program. According to him, it's kind of a no-brainer.

What do you think he is capable of accomplishing over the course of his college career at OSU?
Chris Griffin: I think the sky is the limit for him, just based on his work ethic and knowledge of the game, and what the good Lord gave him. He can do anything he wants. If there's a will, there's a way, and it will happen for him. You name it, I see him being able to accomplish it.

What will you remember the most about coaching him?
Chris Griffin: Like I said, just his character. He was a guy that whether it was a good issue or a bad issue you could look to him and you knew that he could handle it. He was kind of that coach on the field, with just his leadership and making everyone else around him better. That's what was so special about him and that's what I'm going to miss. Those types of players don't come around very often.

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