Curtis will visit Wake Forest

Even though the Demon Deacon staff have secured four offensive line commitments in this year's class, they're looking to add more to the already impressive group. Shawn Curtis, a left tackle out of Olympia High School in Orlando, Fla., is a player Wake Forest has been pursing and he plans on making Winston-Salem one of his four official visit destinations in November.

"It's going to be a busy month," said Shawn Curtis. "I was at UVa on an official visit for the Louisiana Tech game. This [past] weekend at Mississippi State...[This] weekend I'll be on an official at Syracuse for the UConn game. Then the week after I'll be at Iowa State for the Baylor game. My last visit will be to Wake Forest the weekend they play Boston College.

"I've heard some real good things [about Wake Forest]. Some of their offensive linemen went down, so they're looking for some more to bring in. Coach Elrod, the quarterbacks coach, was just at my high school today. I took an unofficial there at the beginning of the summer. They like the way I pass protect, how well I get downfield, and how I play all the way to the whistle."

Curtis, 6-foot-5, 275-pounds, has been a fixture on the left side of the line since his freshman year at Olympia. This year the Titans are 3-3 facing some of the fiercest competition in the nation in Florida 8A football.

"I'm coming off the ball really well," Curtis stated. "That's something we all worked a lot on in the off-season and you can see that in my explosiveness. We run the spread and throw and pass the ball pretty evenly. I've always been better at pass pro but I'm doing well in run blocking. We're averaging 220 (yards-per-game) passing and 190 rushing."

With a December graduation looming, Curtis says he will make his decision on college soon after he takes all of his official visits.

"I'm going with my parents on all of the visits," he explained, "except for Syracuse. My trainer is going with me on that one. I'm going to get their point of view, but ultimately it's going to be my decision. The place has got to feel right. I'm going to consider the coaching staff and the opportunity for early playing time, but I'm hoping to see the school and get the feeling that this is the place for me to be."

This weekend, prior to his visit to Starkville, Curtis and the Trojans face a touch battle against Lake Brantley (5-1) in Altamonte Springs.


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