Curtis Focused on Curtis

Trying to pick himself up from a summer tailspin that saw his weight increase and his grades slip, Phoenix Mountain Pointe senior offensive lineman Natrell Curtis is seeing his old form start to slowing come back.

PHOENIX - At one point in his recruitment, Mountain Pointe senior offensive lineman Natrell Curtis had a scholarship list that would make anyone jealous. Schools from the Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 12, SEC and Notre Dame all came forward with a scholarship opportunity, as his list of offers once rose to as many as 18.

A lot of those opportunities are gone now; lost because of off-the-field distractions caused his weight to rise and grades to slip in what he called a disappointing summer.

"I had some things happen and I ate a lot to cope with it," Curtis told FoxSportsNext. "I definitely wasn't in shape when the season began."

The 6-2, 300-pound Curtis is an important part to the Pride. He plays offensive guard – where he's ranked a four-star recruit and the No.16 player at his position – and also doubles as the team's nose tackle.

And with his team winning the last three games by an average margin of 62 points, causing Curtis to only play half the game, he's done extra running and conditioning following practice and changing his diet around. He's also been improving in the classroom. "My mindset was to come out and prove to myself my senior year that I am still the same player," said Curtis. "I want to go out, work hard and do my job. I feel I have done that, but we have some big upcoming weeks. I feel way better now than I did at the start of the season."

Those areas are his strength, conditioning and, most importantly, his attitude and his approach to games, practices and film study.

"We have the same goals since I got here: go out and play fast, physical and clean," said Curtis. "It's my job to help them do that."

Curtis had no updates on his recruitment or what schools still have a valid offer for him. He plans to take the SAT the first week of October. If all goes well, he will take an official visit to Oklahoma and Washington. He also said he's considering Arizona.

Either way, he plans to focus on his recruitment after the season to allow him time to get back in a rhythm.

"My main goal right now is to win a championship," said Curtis. "I have favorite colleges in my mind, but my main goal is to win a championship."

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