A recruiting ‘shocker’ as Georgia WR switches to OSU
BY BILL HAISTEN World Sports Writer
Thursday, August 11, 2011
8/11/11 at 7:23 PM
On Thursday, this headline was posted on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution website: “Shocker! Longtime UGA WR recruit C.J. Curry switches to Oklahoma State.”
C.J. Curry committed to the University of Georgia 10 months ago (and was the first name on the Bulldogs’ 2012 commitment list), but his father, Felix Curry, confirmed on Thursday that C.J. has rescinded his Georgia commitment and now has committed to OSU.
C.J. Curry is a 6-foot-2, 210-pound wide receiver from Flowery Branch, Ga. – located about 45 miles from the University of Georgia campus in Athens. He was recruited also by Auburn, Tennessee and Stanford.
In June, C.J. and Felix made an unofficial visit to the OSU campus.
“I don’t know if Georgia will stop recruiting him or not. I don’t know how that works,” Felix Curry told the Journal-Constitution. “I think he’s pretty solid with Oklahoma State. But when you’re dealing with teenage boys, you never know. I will say this – he hasn’t wavered about Oklahoma State since we visited there in June.
“My thing is, I didn’t want him to make a hasty decision. That’s why he thought about it over the summer. And every time I asked him ‘Georgia or Oklahoma State?’, he said Oklahoma State every time.”
Felix Curry admits to being a Georgia Bulldog fan.
“Our whole household grew up Georgia fans,” he told the Journal-Constitution. “But C.J. knows wherever he goes, it’s him that has to do the four years. And he felt more comfortable with Oklahoma State than he did with anybody else.”
As C.J. Curry enters his senior season at Flowery Branch, his brother Darius Curry is a junior defensive back for the Falcons. It is believed that Oklahoma State also has offered a scholarship to Darius Curry, rated among the elite juniors in the state of Georgia.
OSU is firmly established as a presence in Georgia. Included on the current Cowboy roster are six Georgians, included starting defensive tackle Nigel Nicholas, fullback David Paulsen, defensive tackle Maurice Hayes and backup defensive end Ryan Robinson.
Curry is the only wide receiver and the 11th prospect overall on OSU’s 2012 commitment list. Also having expressed commitments to OSU were quarterback Wes Lunt of Rochester, Ill., and offensive tackle Donald Hawkins of Northwest Mississippi Community College.
Other Cowboy commitments are Texas high school recruits: offensive lineman Paul Lewis of Galena Park North Shore, defensive end Victor Irokanski of Pflugerville, offensive tackle Greg Brantley of Carthage, outside linebacker Dominic Ramacher of Denton Guyer, safety Ashton Lampkin of Fort Worth Dunbar, guard Tim Hines of Bryan, outside linebacker Jeremiah Tshimanga of Richland Hills and cornerback Kendall Sanders of Athens.
Verbal commitments are non-binding. Recruits may sign national letters of intent in February.