Olympia offensive lineman Shawn Curtis is in full-fledged recruiting visit mode as his senior year fast approaches the end, and the Titans, too, are still in the thick of the Class 8A, District 4 championship race.
So Curtis, who's Olympia team can clinch at least a share of the district title with a victory over Apopka Wekiva next week, is taking advantage of a bye week in getting a pair of visits out of the way.
This past weekend, Curtis, who will graduate in December, was at Starkville, Miss., to witness Mississippi State move to 6-0 with a 41-31 win over Tennessee. This weekend he will take an official visit to Syracuse, and then has trips to Iowa State and Wake Forest on the following, consecutive weekends. He visited Virginia in September.
Curtis, who is ranked No. 26 in the Sentinel's 2013 Central Florida Super60, plans to make a decision during the first part of November.
"It went very well," Curtis said of his Mississippi State visit. "I really enjoyed the atmospher of a great SEC rivalry game. I also liked meeting the offensive line coach [John Hevesy] who is also my recruiting coach.
"I got to talk about where he sees me fitting on their team. He's telling me he sees me as their center and likes that I'm coming in early."
Curtis plays tackle for Olympia, so the mention of playing center was a little surprising to the 6-foot-5, 270-pounder, but he didn't see any reason why a transition to center wasn't possible.
"I have snapped the ball before and my eighth-grade year I used to be center," Curtis said. "I snap the ball some now and I'm able to snap shotgun. I think I can adapt. I can definitely see myself playing up there.
Curtis also said UCF has recently entered the picture, but he wasn't quite sure where he stood with the Knights' staff.
"They're just now wanting to give me an offer, but they’d have to do something really outstanding," Curtis said of swaying his attention. "I have been talking to them the past few weeks. They are close to home and it's a great school.
"But it's been a long process and I think I’m almost ready."
Right now he said he doesn't see any one team as standing out among his remaining leaders.
"They're all pretty much the same," he said.
Other schools offering Curtis are Buffalo, Cincinnati, UConn, Duke, East Carolina, FAU, FIU, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville, NC State, North Carolina and South Alabama.
Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow us on Twitter at @Os_Recruiting and Facebook at Orlando Sentinel Recruiting and now on Pinterest at Orlando Recruiting.
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