Davion Curtis, a 3-star receiver from Texas, has never visited UGA and doesn’t plan to until sometime in September. But that didn’t stop him from committing to the Bulldogs on Monday.
“The reason I picked UGA is because I love the head coaches, I like the receivers coach, and we talked about more than just football,” Curtis told the AJC. “We talked about becoming a man and what I want to do if football doesn’t work out.”
The speedster from Temple, Texas, committed to UGA over Oregon State and Kansas State on Monday, and says the lure of developing as a wide receiver in the SEC, like former UGA star A.J. Green, was a huge selling point.
“They run a pro-style offense and they bring wide receivers to the league, so, I was excited about that,” Curtis told the AJC.
Curtis will take his first-ever visit to UGA in September, but he has not yet determined a specific date.
The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder told the AJC that McClendon and the UGA coaching staff were excited about his speed and ability to get in and out of his routes quickly, a trait Curtis says the Bulldog have yet to find in other recruits.
“They said they hadn’t seen a 6-foot wide receiver that has speed like that,” Curtis said. “They’re pretty excited about me. They don’t recruit out of the state of Texas that often.”
Curtis, who is ranked as the No. 174 receiver in the country, says UGA has been actively recruiting receivers in hopes of establishing a top receiving corps in the near future, and McClendon has not shied away from it.
“(McClendon) talked about receivers, and he said he wants to get better than what they’ve had in a long time, since A.J. Green was there,” Curtis said.
“They want to get back to having that top receiving corps, and moving the ball around a lot.”
Curtis’ cousin, Charles Williams, says McClendon’s honesty was welcomed and noted.
“Coach McClendon recruited him early in the process and offered him a while back,” Williams told the AJC. “He’s been in contact with him and he’s been very honest about the recruiting process. And that’s the thing, most coaches won’t tell you they’re recruiting more guys because they need receivers. Most will say, ‘Hey, we have one or two guys, you’re our main guy’. Him being honest up front … it was important.”
As for the Bulldogs, Williams says they coveted Curtis’ speed and are eager to get him to Athens.
“What separated him from others, coming from coach McClendon, is his (Curtis) speed,” Williams said. “He doesn’t have that many players with that kind of speed. He timed him at one of his practices and got him a little under a 4.40 forty, around 4.38. After he saw that, he said, ‘I want him’. And he offered him at spring practice.”
“Now, (5-star quarterback) Jacob Eason has a deep-threat to throw to in the future.”
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WHAT IT MEANS: His game is speed. UGA hopes to stretch the field with athletic and elusive playmakers who mesh well with quarterbacks that power the ball deep down the field. The bigger picture is UGA now has three true receiver commitments plus hybrid receiver/tight end Charlie Woerner. Can UGA still take commitments from Kyle Davis, Demetris Robertson or another talent like Bryan Edwards, Tre Nixon, Tyler Simmons or Binjimin Victor? Its hard to see UGA taking more than 4-5 receivers who will just catch passes in this class under any scenario. — Jeff Sentell, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution