Natrell Curtis had his opinion of Arizona long before he showed up on campus for the program's junior day on Saturday. And as the four-star guard ate the food, spoke with the coaches and toured a few buildings, his outlook remained steadfast.
There was no swing for the better and no turn for the worse. It was the same ol' Curtis getting a look at the same ol' in-state school. And that, it seems, isn't such a bad thing.
"The trip didn't really change anything with me," Curtis said. "I've always liked U of A, so I feel the same way now as I did before. Nothing changed. It went well. I liked it. "
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Curtis' description of the afternoon is simple. His hosts played some music and grilled some meat. There was a tour of the football faculties and some short conversation with Wildcat coaches. He recaps the experience in a relaxed manner.
"We got to check out the weight room and see what they're doing with the new stuff at the stadium," Curtis said. "That stuff was nice. I don't know all the coaches names yet, but I talked to Coach [Rich] Rodriguez a lot."
The takeaway, at least for Curtis, is hard to define. Asked about what stood about the trip, he delivered a response based on emotion. It wasn't a certain building on campus or an marquee moment. Instead, what stuck with him was much less tangible.
"I love the atmosphere at U of A," Curtis said. "It's just something totally different. I can't describe it or really say what it is. It's just a feeling."
Curtis plans to attend a similar event at UCLA next weekend, but says things on that front could change this week.
"I'm supposed to go to UCLA's junior day, but you never know about plans," he said. " If things go as planned, I'll be at UCLA Saturday. "
Curtis, who holds 13 scholarship offers, says he has no favorites in the recruiting process at this time.