Phoenix Mountain Pointe offensive lineman Natrell Curtis is playing this thing cool. He claims 11 scholarship offers and is recognized as one of the state's top juniors. New schools are tossing their hats in his recruiting ring weekly and his high school team boasts a 8-1 record.
That's all to say it's good to be Natrell Curtis. Things are going so well, in fact, that the 2014 prospect has decided to sit around and soak it up for a while. Urgency? Stress? You won't find a hint of either here.
"I'm just relaxing," he says.
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For Curtis, the process of relaxing seems to include unofficial visits. He took in Arizona State's Thursday-night game against Oregon last week, but didn't bother forming an opinion. That said, what little reaction he gives indicates that the Sun Devils have made up some ground with the in-state prospect that once audibly mocked the idea of attending ASU.
"The game was fun," Curtis said. "When it comes to ASU, or any school actually, I'm not trying to make any judgments or any decisions right now. I'm not really liking any school more than any other school."
Next up on the relaxation tour is a stop in Southern California. Curtis is set to take an unofficial visit to UCLA for its game against USC on Nov. 17. His best friend and the man who plays next to him on the Mountain Pointe offensive line is already committed to the Bruins, but Curtis says Kenny Lacy's situation won't sway him.
Then again, that answer may change if he gets an official offer from the Bruins.
"UCLA is really serious and Cal has been hitting me up a lot lately," Curtis said. "Cal is talking to me a bunch. I'm liking them so far."
His response is in keeping with the theme when it comes to addressing a timetable for a decision. There's no set date, and Curtis isn't even convinced he'll wait until his senior season to make a choice. According to him, it'll happen when it happens. His outlook is laid back enough to warrant a straw hat, a beach and a frozen drink.
"I'm just going to make the decision when the time feels right," he said. "I can't really say when. I'm just going with the flow."