Natrell Curtis is flattered and all that good stuff. Really, he is. He's views the Notre Dame offer he hauled in as an honor. It's a big invitation to play football for a major program. But if you thought it would catapult the Fighting Irish to the top of his list immediately, you'll need to think again.
Curtis remains stone faced when it comes to naming frontrunners.
"It's still the same, Curtis said on Friday. "I have no favorites at all right now. I don't know when I'm gonna cut it down or anything. I really couldn't tell you."
The latest offer, Curtis' 15th, came via phone on Friday afternoon, when his high school coach instructed him to give Notre Dame assistant Bob Elliott a call. From there, things were standard. Specifics were touched upon and pleasantries were exchanged.
The 285-pound two-way player says the Irish are recruiting him to play defensive tackle. And, for now, that's pretty much all he knows.
"I was pretty excited and pretty pumped up about it, but I don't know too much about Notre Dame yet," Curtis said. "I just know they're recruiting me and they want me."
A junior at Phoenix's Mountain Pointe High School, Curtis is part of a loaded roster that made a run into the Division-I state title game last season. He plays alongside Rivals100 wide receiver Jalen Brown and a host of other future BCS-level players.
Still, it's his relationship with outgoing senior Kenny Lacy, a UCLA signee, that might make the most difference in Curtis' recruitment. Curtis believes the Bruins will be the next to offer. And if that happens, an evaluation will be made quickly.
"Kenny going there makes me want to look into it more, but I wouldn't just go to UCLA because Kenny is there," Curtis said. "I'll give it a closer look but, nah, I'm not going to commit just because of Kenny."
Curtis, who plays both offensive guard and defensive tackle at Mountain Pointe, plans to visit a few yet-to-named California-based schools next weekend while he is in Los Angeles for a camp.