November 29, 2007

Red Raiders still in on Curtis

One of the top priorities for Texas Tech in the 2008 class is to add one more playmaker to their commitment list. One of the prospects who is getting the full-court press right now is Camden (AR) athlete DeAnthony Curtis.

Because the Red Raiders have already snagged their running back for their class in four-star standout Harrison Jeffers, Curtis is being courted strictly as a playmaker, meaning he would line up in several different positions if he were to end up in Lubbock.

While it would be no small feat if Tech's coaches were to pry Curtis from the clutches of his homestate Razorbacks, they got a helping hand last week when Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt resigned, paving the way for a re-shuffling of several Arkansas commits' recruitments.

"I haven't really talked to anyone from the school," said the four-star athlete. "I know they're supposed to send their running backs coach down to talk to me and Lavunce (Askew). But other than that, I haven't heard anything in a while."

Curtis explained that he couldn't believe his ears when he heard the news of Nutt's departure.

"When I heard, all I could think of was if it was for real," he explained. "I wasn't sure what to think. I mean, he's been there for so long that it's just crazy that he up and left. I mean, I'm still committed and everything, but it's just a little different now."

Curtis went on to describe his official visit schedule.

"I do want to take my official visits for sure now though," he asserted. "I think it will be Oklahoma State and then Texas Tech for sure. That's all I know for now, there may be more. I'm not sure when I'm going to take my visits or anything, I just know that I want to get out on those visits and have a good time."

Though Arkansas has kept its assistant coaches around for the time being, Curtis said he knows that's likely to change.

"We'll see how it goes," he said. "If the coaches all leave, then I would say I am probably open again. If that's the case I'll probably re-think the whole deal. I have until signing day to make up my mind, so I'm not in a huge hurry really."

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