Carrying on the Curtis Tradition

Some things never change, including football success at John Curtis Christian School. Once again, the Patriots are blessed with an array of excellent players, including Class of 2013 prospect Brandon Porter. With SMU targeting Louisiana, it's a safe bet that recruiter Jeff Reinebold will be following Porter's progress closely.

The well never seems to run dry when it comes to football talent at John Curtis Christian. The most successful program in Louisiana turns out multiple signees each year, and one of the brightest young players on the current squad is sophomore LB/RB Brandon Porter.

"I expect to get a bunch of playing time this year," said the 5-foot-11, 185-pounder, who shares the same name as another former Patriot, current Army cornerback Brandon Porter. The two aren't related.

"I'll probably be at running back a little bit, but I think I'm better on defense and I'll probably get more time on the field at strong safety and maybe linebacker."

What does Porter think about studying under legendary coach J.T. Curtis?

"I love it," he said. "I can't see myself playing anywhere else. I've been here since the 6th grade.

"I'm really aggressive on the field and I like to get after it. I'm good at pass coverage. I can make my reads quickly. Many people compare me to (current TCU linebacker) Kenny Cain and we wear the same number. He's one of my favorite players to come out of John Curtis, along with Joe McKnight, John White, and P.J. Smith."

Porter gave a rundown of some other Curtis standouts.

"Seth Jones is a big guy who works hard," he said. "He moves around from defensive end to linebacker. He's one of my favorite players on the team. Torrey Pierce is one of my good friends and I look up to him - same for Brandon Bourgeois, our quarterback.

"Josh Hanberry is our go-to guy at wide receiver. He's gotten a lot better each year. Marcel Andry and Torrey Bell are big-time younger players, along with Jordan Frost."

There's a couple more 2013 prospects, according to Porter, that have already flashed college potential.

"My two best friends on the team, Richard Allen and Sherman Badie, are the best players in my class. Richard is a cornerback and strong safety and Sherman is a linebacker."

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