Jonathan Curry collects two
"It went great," Jonathan Curry said of Tennessee's visit. "We started by touring the campus and seeing some of the new additions they're building to be ready by 2012. It's supposed to make for a better campus when it's done. I got a chance to see the weight room and athletic facilities and talk to the coaches."
This was Curry's third Junior Day visit in the last couple of weeks. Previously he had been to Georgia Tech and LSU. After taking it all in, there were a few positive things that stuck out to Curry and his family while in Knoxville.
"My parents liked the ‘Vol for Life' program," said Curry. "It's where players meet and talk about life outside of football. It sounds like a great thing in helping you mature and be better prepared for life after college. It really caught our attention.
"I enjoyed talking with the players and getting their outlook on what the program is like. One of my favorite parts of the visit was getting to try on a Tennessee jersey. I took a lot of pictures."
Curry had a chance to sit down and talk football with Volunteer Tight Ends coach, Eric Russell.
"We went in the film room and watched tape of their bowl game," Curry said. "He was explaining how their offense would benefit me and some of the two tight end formation sets they run. I liked Coach Russell. He's definitely someone I can see myself playing for in the future."
Arkansas State has offered Curry, but he recently landed his first offer from a BCS school from many miles away.
"Stanford in California offered me," said Curry. "It felt really good and was a big surprise. I was honored by the offer because they're such a prestigious university. Many student-athletes would kill to get in there. I'm going to get out for a visit on April 2nd."
This was Curry's second season as a starter at Central-Phenix City. He had 14 catches and 200 yards receiving. While not huge numbers, Curry plays in a run-first and run-often offense.
"We had the top running game in the state last year," said Curry, "and my coach told me I'm the reason why. I was named Offensive Player of the Year on my team. I sacrifice getting the ball to do what's best for my team.
"If you watch my tape you'll see plenty of good blocks. All the college coaches who've been talking to me say they love my highlights. They like how athletic and aggressive I am on the field."
With Curry's two offers on the table, more are expected to join. Right now, he's content to sit back and see if more come his way.
"I'm just weighing my options right now," said Curry. "I put education at the top of the list. I'm also looking at location. We talked a little about California, and my parents think I'd be all right out there if that's where I decide on. I'd like an opportunity for early playing time.
"I mainly want to be in a comfortable situation with good coaches around me. My parents are leaving the decision solely to me because I'm the one who's going to be at the university for the next four years." Curry plans to camp at LSU, Tennessee, and Georgia Tech.
"My goal is to win a state championship," said Curry. "I'd like to have a better season stat-wise and be recognized as the best tight end in the state. My ultimate goal is one I've had since the 8th grade. I've always wanted to play in the Under Amour All-American game, and I think with a big senior season I'll have the chance to do it."
The Central Red Devils went 9-2 on the season losing in the 1st round of the 6A state playoffs. Curry, also an All-Star at basketball, led the team this season to an Elite Eight appearance. In the classroom he reports a GPA of 3.9 and has the option of graduating early.
Curry's football and basketball teammate, Jonathan Wallace, was also in Knoxville for Junior Day. Curry says he's been best friends with Wallace since they were in the 3rd grade.
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