"I have a two-year old son, so he's my top priority," Curtis told JCFootball.com recently. "Wherever I go, I want to make sure it's a place that the degree means something because I need to be set up for the rest of my life, whether that is with football or away from it."
Curtis was a standout prep at Mountain Pointe High School in Phoenix, Arizona and he had offers from schools across the country. He eventually chose Oklahoma, but he was unable to get qualified so he decided to head to Pima to get his academics in order while still playing ball.
"Pima was far enough away from home for me to do my own thing and not have all of the distractions that you have at home, but it was still close enough that I could go home on the weekends and see my family and my little boy," Curtis said.
For the past two years, Curtis has held down the left guard spot for Pima and he says he's learned a lot and improved as a player over that time.
"The one thing about me, I'm aggressive and I like to finish my blocks," the former Army All-American said. "The other thing I've learned to be is a leader and setting an example for my teammates.
"The big thing I am working on this offseason is my hands and getting them into the right spot consistently. I was pretty good with that, but I think I can be way better than I was."
As far as recruiting is concerned, Curtis has just one offer, but a few more schools have also been showing him some interest.
"Akron is my only offer right now and I visited there back before Christmas," Curtis noted. "I really enjoyed myself there. It was my first time being that far east, so it was a different area for me to see and I really liked the campus and the coaches there. They really care about their players and I had a really good time.
"The other schools that I have been hearing from are Missouri, they actually just contacted me the other day and Kansas State has also reached out to me. I've gotten a lot of letters and stuff from a bunch of other schools, but so far, those are the only ones that I have talked to personally."
Curtis is on pace to finish up his two-year degree in May and he will have three years to play two starting this fall.
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