Recruiting: Curtis Is Very Popular

Athlete De'Anthony Curtis of Camden (Fairview), Ark., is a very popular guy this spring. And not only with recruiters but also with the springs sports coaches at Fairview High School.

"I run track," said Curtis when asked about his other sports. "It's been hard for me to get to a meet because I also play baseball."

Curtis is a man for all seasons as he plays centerfield and pitches in baseball. In track he runs the 100 meters, 200 meters, and the 4X100 meter relay. His top sport is football where he plays quarterback, running back and wide receiver, along with some defense, for Fairview. Last season he had 1,750 all-purpose yards and scored 21 touchdowns. Of that total, about 560 yards came running the football and he says most of the schools recruiting him are talking about running back.

"There have been a bunch of coaches come by the school," said Curtis of the last couple of weeks and the opening of the spring evaluation season.

Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Tulsa, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Clemson, Texas Tech, and Arkansas State have all offered Curtis a scholarship thus far, and there will be more to come. The 5-10, 205-pound Curtis said he has a best of 4.41 seconds in the 40-yard dash, a 310-pound max on the bench press and a 435-pound max on the squat. His vertical is an amazing 35.5 inches.

"I plan on making a decision by the end of the summer," said Curtis. "Right now I'm wide open."

He may be wide open but three schools seem to get brought up by Curtis more than the others -- Tennessee, Oklahoma State and Arkansas.

"(Oklahoma State) is real good," he said. "I really like the coaching staff and I like what I've seen of the offense."

"(Tennessee) is the school I liked since I first started playing football," added Curtis on the Vols. "I like the facilities and the coaching staff."

"I like (Arkansas) because they are close to home," said Curtis. "They run the ball a lot and they do it well, and they are talking to me about playing running back."

Curtis said he plans on attending the Nike camp that he was invited to this summer. He said he also will go to senior camp at Arkansas, Tennessee, and, maybe Oklahoma State.

The clock is ticking on Curtis as he has about three months to go before thinking about two-a-days and his plan is to go from wide open to making a commitment.

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