October 9, 2012

Curtis talks visits

Orlando (Fla.) Olympia offensive tackle Shawn Curtis appears to be nearing the final stretch of recruitment.

Curtis, who is rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, has Iowa State, Mississippi State, South Florida, Syracuse, Virginia and Wake Forest in his top six.

"I went on an official visit to the University of Virginia," Curtis said. "That was my first official visit. Other than that I still got pretty much my top six that I'm also looking at. It [Virginia] was great. I really like the campus. I like coaches. I like meeting all the guys. It went very well. Most of the time we were eating, but other than that I did watch their practice, [and] I did get to go out with the guys that Saturday night."

"I have to set up my Syracuse visit, my Iowa State visit and my Wake Forest visit and the Mississippi State visit, but that's an unofficial visit. The Mississippi State one comes up this week (Saturday, Oct. 13), and then after that it's Syracuse next week (Saturday, Oct. 20), then Iowa State the week after (Saturday, (Oct. 27) and then Wake Forest the week after that (Saturday, Nov. 3)."

Curtis added he will probably choose a school after taking all of his visits.

"I've had the Mississippi State [assistant] coach [Scott Sallach] come up, the Iowa State [assistant] coach [Courtney Messingham] come down, and I just Coach [Tom] Elrod from Wake Forest come down out to practice [Tuesday, Oct. 9]," Curtis said.

"It [visits from Messingham and Sallach] went real well. We could only speak briefly, but I would speak on the phone with them a lot and they're really great coaches and I enjoyed talking to them."

The 6-foot-5 and 270-pound Sunshine State product added he has a good connection with Elrod, who is his primary recruiter for the Demon Deacons.

Jonathan Himebauch called Curtis Tuesday, Oct. 9 after Elrod went to see him.

"He talked about he's looking forward to our visit [to Wake]," Curtis said. "He asked me about my UVA visit, how it went, just kind of checking in."

Curtis said he is looking forward to meeting Himebauch.

Wake Forest is also recruiting Curtis' teammate, John Armstrong, a 5-foot-8 and 165-pound running back. Curtis said Armstrong is thinking about joining him on the trip to Winston-Salem later this month.

Rivals.com rates Armstrong as a three-star recruit.

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