DB looks good on, off field

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SPORTS - TIM COOPER

The 12th in a se­ries pro­fil­ing new­com­ers to the Arkansas Ra­zor­backs foot­ball team.

Jor­don Cur­tis wants to be a trendsetter.

“I’m a fash­ion type of guy,” said Cur­tis, who was a part of a Jenks, Okla., pro­gram that has com­piled a 33-4 record and won two state cham­pi­onships dur­ing the past three sea­sons. “I like clothes. I like keep­ing up with what’s in style and what trends are in and which ones are out. Just typ­i­cal teenage stuff.”

Like his taste in clothes, Cur­tis’ foot­ball tal­ents will not be found on the dis­count rack.

“He’s a very ver­sa­tile player,” said Carl John­son, who was the spe­cial teams co­or­di­na­tor for Jenks High School last fall. “He can catch kicks, make catches, grab in­ter­cep­tions. He can make plays. Plus, he’s a smart kid, and he’s got his pri­or­i­ties straight.”

Cur­tis, 6-2, 185 pounds, made an im­pact on both sides of the ball dur­ing his time at Jenks. In his se­nior sea­son, Cur­tis ran 63 times for 784 yards and 9 touch­downs. He caught 8 passes for 177 yards and 1 touchdown. As a corner­back, he recorded 15½ tack­les and made 4 in­ter­cep­tions, 3 of which he re­turned for touch­downs.

He also re­turned a kick­off 91 yards for a touchdown dur­ing a state semi­fi­nal loss to Tulsa Union.

At the Univer­sity of Arkansas, Fayet­teville, Cur­tis

will con­cen­trate on de­fense.

“His upside is that he has great cov­er­age,” John­son said. “He can de­fend the taller re­ceivers, and he has great ball skills. If he had played de­fense his en­tire time in high school, he would have been an elite de­fender. But for us, he had to play on of­fense as well.”

“I en­joyed play­ing run­ning back, but there was noth­ing bet­ter than mak­ing an in­ter­cep­tion and go­ing in for a score,” Cur­tis said.

Cur­tis said the schol­ar­ship of­fer from the Ra­zor­backs was the last one he re­ceived.

“Once I got it, I com­mit­ted right away,” Cur­tis said. “I just fell in love with Arkansas right off the bat. It was an of­fer I was re­ally hop­ing to get.”

Cur­tis said he planned to learn the de­fen­sive scheme as quickly as he can and work on get­ting his body “where it needs to be for the sea­son.”

“I think he’ll have a chance to con­trib­ute right away in cer­tain sit­u­a­tions,” John­son said.

Cur­tis said he plans to ma­jor in ei­ther mar­ket­ing or busi­ness, which would be per­fect if he ever wants to open his own men’s bou­tique.

“He has al­ways dressed stylishly,” John­son said. “But he’s not a flashy guy that’s go­ing to go out and get all at­ten­tion to him­self. He just plays hard and does his job. He’s all about the team, and he wants to make good grades.”

Cur­tis

Sub­mit­ted photo

In his se­nior sea­son at Jenks, Okla., Jor­don Cur­tis had four in­ter­cep­tions, three of which he re­turned for touch­downs.

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