One of Curtis' latest finds is Dutchtown (Gestmar, LA) safety Justin Reid. The Red Raiders offered him a full-ride approximately a month ago.
"Coach Kevin Curtis, he came down to my school and talked to me personally," Reid said. "After he talked with me and evaluated me he left for about 20 minutes, went and talked with coach Kingsbury, then came back and said they decided to offer me. Then later that night Kingsbury called me to officially, from the head coach, offer me."
Reid said his conversation with Texas Tech's head coach was brief, but Kingsbury told him he was a can't-miss prospect after watching his tape and seeing his transcript. Reid sports a 4.7 GPA which has Ivy League schools such as Harvard, Brown and Yale after him.
"My dad's always told me that football isn't forever. I could get hurt, my career could literally end on any given day at any given time," Reid said. "It's important to have some skills to fall back on. I'm going to try and put my best foot forward and see where football takes me, but at the same time my education will serve me 30-40 years after my football career."
Reid's attitude is especially mature considering the success he has witnessed first hand by his older brother, Eric, who was an All-American safety at LSU before earning a trip to the Pro Bowl his rookie season with the 49ers just last year.
Justin's talent on the gridiron has yielded offers from Tech, Louisiana-Lafayete, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Northwestern, TCU and Utah. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound safety is known as a hard-hitting, instinctive player who rarely finds himself out of position.
"I always try to be aggressive and instinctive," Reid said. "I don't get blocked, that's what I say. I know I play football and one day I'll get run over. One day I'll get shook--it happens. If there's anything I am going to try and prevent it's getting blocked."
Reid is taking his time, sitting back listening to what schools have to offer him, researching those who have shown him interest. The next step in that process for him will be visiting a handful of schools toward the end of summer, including Stanford and probably Mississippi State. He isn't sure what other schools he will visit yet, but said he is definitely considering Tech and that the Red Raiders are in the mix for his services.
Reid admitted he didn't know a whole lot about the Red Raiders before hearing from them, because as he said, he lives in "SEC country" but he did say he would consider moving anywhere and that he's not looking solely at SEC schools.
The biggest draw for Reid in terms of Texas Tech so far has been the coaching staff, especially Curtis.
"I really like the coaching staff at Texas Tech. I really feel comfortable with them," Reid said. "I like coach Curtis, without a doubt he's one of the top three people recruiting me. He's just cool and he talks to me aside from the football aspect of things. He talks to me about life and making important decisions. He's just really helpful and I like him."
RaiderPower.com will have more on Reid as his recruitment progresses.