January 24, 2008

Arkansas 4-star RB to visit

It has taken Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt several weeks, but he's finally convinced the top player in Arkansas to visit the Rebels this weekend.

"I'm going to Ole Miss this weekend and then to Texas Tech the week after that," Camden, Ark. four-star running back De'Anthony Curtis said Wednesday night.

Curtis is ranked the top prospect in Arkansas by Rivals.com and the second rated player in the state, Matt Hall, visited the Rebels last weekend.

Both were recruited by Nutt when he was head coach at Arkansas and committed under his watch but since have both grown soft in their commitment and are taking official visits to other schools.

"He (Nutt) just kept recruiting me and asking me, so I finally decided to take a visit there," Curtis said.

But the scheduling of an official visit doesn't mean the Rebels have a shot and persuading the sixth ranked running back in the country to change his commitment.

"Right now, I'm still committed to Arkansas and it's down to Arkansas and Oklahoma State," Curtis said.

He visited Oklahoma State in early December and was at Arkansas on an official visit last weekend.

Ole Miss and Texas Tech trips round out his planned visits headed into signing day.

Hall's visit was an eye opening experience for Hall who called Ole Miss' facilities as good if not better than Arkansas' and his relationship with the staff having him seriously considering the Rebels.

Nutt will need a similar experience with Curtis to get him seriously interested in Ole Miss.

"Maybe I might get interested if I had a really good time," Curtis said.

The key factor for Curtis in his final decision will be educational opportunities according to Curtis.

The Rebels have a new $2 million academic center that Ole Miss recruiting coordinator Chris Vaughn has pointed to as a positive for recruiting efforts and one of his first stops during tours on official visits.

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