Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Sumter QB Curtis is trying out for the big boys

Teams are gunshy on quarterbacks. You have to have a good one to compete, and it’s so easy to make a mistake in recruiting because so many look so good in high school.

Often, though, that does not translate into college success. Because of that, the prep QBs who are obviously very good get bushels of offers. The kids perceived as borderline wait, and those who can afford to bounce around the country to camps and combines, hoping to convince some program that they are good enough.

So it is with Sumter (S.C.) High’s Stephen Curtis, who finally flew home from a round of stops that culminated with the Las Vegas Elite 11 camp.

“He thought he had a good day there,” said Sumter offensive coordinator Grayson Howell. “He’s already been for visits or camps at N.C. State, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, Clemson, Vanderbilt and Rutgers. And he’s been in touch a lot with Wake Forest.”

Among others. Still, none of those schools have offered yet. Furman was the first school to offer, but Liberty has now done so as well and Curtis likes the campus and facilities there.

He’s in no hurry, though. He’s 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, and threw for 2,400 yards and 25 touchdowns last season. He believes he can play. He’s waiting for a big school to believe it too.

--Stan Olson

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