Looking to capitalize on recent NFL draft success, the Utes are targeting talented and athletic big men in the trenches. Victor Curne, an offensive tackle out of Second Baptist School in Texas, is one of those targets.
Curne’s recruitment has picked up steam this spring as he now totals 12 offers, mostly from schools within the Big 12 and Pac-12. Most recently adding offers from Missouri and Washington, Curne stated that no schools are standing out but he’s going to start assessing things among the different schools. “My recruitment has really heated up. I don’t really have a school or a couple schools that look better than the others,” Curne stated. “I have visited Arkansas, Oklahoma, LSU, Texas, and TCU but I’m just kind of taking it all in right now. Me and mama will sit down and figure out what other visits to take this summer.”
There is good reason Curne has seen his recruitment heat up. It’s rare to find a high school tackle with his size, athleticism, and nastiness on the field. Standing 6-foot 5-inches and 310 pounds, Curne moves extremely well both in the run game and pass blocking. He seemingly glides across the field while pulling and, more often than not, ends up blocking defenders in the dirt.
Utah has identified Curne and his skill set, and have gone all in on the offensive tackle. “I talk to Coach Scalley and Coach Harding, and honestly, they're the only program that has really gotten to know me by texting and calling me every day. It's like they see me as their #1 priority,” Curne explained. “Not only that, but they’re telling me I can come in right away and be a part of something special.”
That relationship the staff is building with Curne, is going to be very important for Utah, and for Curne. “For me, I’m looking for a school that is as interested in me as much as I am interested in them," he said. "Then, does the school have the majors I'm interested in (psychology or forensic science), and playing time, I want to be able to contribute early on.”
Getting to the NFL is also something that Curne has his sights set on, and Utah recently had four offensive linemen drafted into the league. “I think that's a big deal. It means that the coaches there push you to the next level. And making the league is a dream of mine I've had since I was a kid just like any other guy, but it would be nice to get with a program like Utah that helps me reach my fullest potential,” he said.
All of this should be encouraging news to Utah fans, but make no mistake, the Utes will have their work cut out for them to land Curne’s services. His recruitment will take time, as Curne plans to take his official visits before narrowing things down in December.