January 27, 2008

Curtis talks about Ole Miss visit

Camden, Ark. four-star running back De'Anthony Curtis told RebelSports.net on Thursday that he was visiting Ole Miss but he was down to his top two and the Rebels weren't one of them.

After an official visit to Ole Miss, Curtis now has a top three - Arkansas, Oklahoma State and Ole Miss.

"They are in it now," Curtis said on his way home on Sunday from Oxford. "I'll make a decision sometime this week."

Ole Miss was Curtis' last official visit, apparently an official visit he had planned for next weekend to Texas Tech won't take place. He's visited all of his top three schools.

"In many ways, it was about what I expected," Curtis said about Ole Miss. "I knew most of the coaches and coach (Houston) Nutt outlined five different ways that he wants to get the ball in my hands."

Curtis, 5-foot-10, 210 pounds, has made it no big secret that he'd like to be used similiar to the way Nutt used two-time Heisman runner-up Darren McFadden at Arkansas.

"I like it pretty good there," Curtis said. "They made it clear that if I come there, they want to get the ball to me."

Curtis said he had a nice visit and was impressed with the facilities as well as his host, Rebel cornerback Dustin Mouzon.

While Ole Miss may have given the top prep prospect in Arkansas something to think about, he's been committed to Arkansas since early July and could be hard to sway away from the Razorbacks.

One thing going in the Rebels favor is that Curtis' parents also gave positive feedback from the visit.

"They said they liked it alot, of course, they know coach Nutt, and they liked the town, the campus and the facilities," Curtis said.

Curtis, who runs the forty in 4.41 seconds, has a ton of offers but grew up a Razorback fan, which will make it a challenge for Nutt to pull him out of his home state.

But pulling him in for an official visit has moved the Rebels from no chance to at least in consideration.

Curtis said his team finished third in the state, losing in the semi-finals and going 12-1. He reports he had 1,236 yards on just 119 carries and 19 touchdowns, and had 40 receptions for another 770 yards and four scores.

He sees himself as an all-purpose back in college out of the mode of McFadden or former USC star Reggie Bush.

National signing day is Feb. 6.

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