May 11, 2010

Big Rapids (MI) athlete Justin Currie is a major sleeper

Another major sleeper in the state of Michigan is Big Rapids athlete Justin Currie. Currie put himself on the map last season as he tallied 107 tackles and 4 interceptions on defense while also being his team's primary running back. All together he totaled 16 touchdowns and has been a three year starter for Big Rapids.

While his stats stood out and he earned All-Area Dream Team honors last season, it was his performance at the MichiganPreps Combine last month that really ignited his recruiting. Currie ran a 4.4 forty yard dash at 6-foot-2 and 187 pounds and also posted a 38 inch vertical jump. Michigan State, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, Indiana and Illinois are the schools showing the most interest right now, and Currie is being projected at either wide receiver or safety.

"Most schools are looking at me as either a wide receiver or safety," said Currie. "If I had to pick one as a preference, I would probably say safety. I like to tackle and I just have that defensive mentality."

Last season Currie led the Big Rapids Cardinal to their best season since 2003 as the finished 9-2 before losing to Kingsford 48-42 in the state playoffs. Needless to say there are some high expectations next season.

"Our team did really good last season, you know we probably could have done better, but overall I thought we played real well. This season I think we can be just as good as last and hopefully we'll make another trip to playoffs."

In the meantime, Currie has had a busy spring and has plans for an even bigger summer. He has been taking visits and setting up his camp schedule, and Currie shared his thoughts on his recent visit ton Central Michigan.

"I thought it was very nice," said Currie about his visit to CMU. "I really liked how things were close together, like to practice field and the weight room. The facilities were all really nice and it was just a good atmosphere overall."

Serving as Currie's main recruiter is CMU running backs coach Kort Shankweiler.

"Yeah, Coach Shankweiler is my main recruiter. He seems like a really nice guy and he really knows what he's talking about with football" said Currie.

Central Michigan hasn't mentioned much in terms of an offer yet, but like most schools they extended and invite to their camp and are looking forward to seeing him in person.

"Haven't heard from them much about an offer, but they said they want me to come to their one day camp, so I plan on doing that on June 12th. I'm also going to Michigan State's camp on June 19th and then I'll probably camp at Indiana too, I just don't know what the date is yet. I also might hit Illinois, Western Michigan and possibly Northwestern."

Once he starts to see schools in person, he will have a much better way to compare them to what he is looking for.

"I'm looking for good facilities, a good coaching staff that treats you well, and of course academics. I want to know I'm going to get a good education wherever I go" said Currie.

Right now, Currie is a member of Big Rapids track team and translating his blazing speed to the track. He has posted very good numbers in the 100m dash and is one of the top sprinters in his division.

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