CHANDLER, Ariz. – As a three year starter, offensive lineman Natrell Curtis (Chandler, Ariz./Mountain Pointe) has played a huge role, pun intended, in helping head coach Norris Vaughan compile a 49-11 record since coming over from Georgia. Vaughan feels the 6-foot-3, 340-pound senior has a bright future ahead of him.
“Natrell is one of the most powerful players we have ever had,” Vaughan said. “He is very explosive and quick for his size. If he can control his weight, he can become a great college player with a chance to play guard in the NFL because he is a great base blocker.”
During a ceremony Tuesday morning in the school gymnasium, Curtis was presented with his U.S. Army All-American jersey, part of the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour, presented by adidas. The game, featuring 90 of the best high school players in the country, will be played Jan. 4 2014 at noon CST, live on NBC. Over the past 13 years, the game has included NFL veteran offensive linemen such as Joe Thomas, Matt Kalil and Tyron Smith, as well as current college standouts like Jake Matthews and Antonio Richardson.
“It is a blessing,” Curtis said. “Being a kid growing up, I watched guys like Adrian Peterson and Andrew Luck play in this game, so seeing the best of the best the U.S. Army All-American Bowl is definitely something I wanted to be a part of.”
Curtis committed to the Huskies earlier this month over in-state Arizona and Arizona State, among others. He is looking forward to the challenge of growing up away from home.
“Washington is something new for me, as far as being in unfamiliar territory,” Curtis said. “But I have a great relationship with the coaching staff, and they provide a situation where I could possibly go in and play early as a true freshman if I do everything I am supposed to do.”
His father Isaac Curtis, says raising Natrell has been stress-free, although he admits his son might take any problems he has out on the field.
“I am proud to see him not only chasing his dreams, but also doing the things he needs to do to get there” his father said. “This process has been really easy because he is a humble kid that loves the game and he loves to compete. He is one of the guys that is nice on a day-to-day basis, but when he gets on the field he turns into a beast.”