Keenan Curran (Federal Way, Wash./Federal Way) was so impressed by what he saw at Washington’s practice Saturday, the safety decided to test out some of the Huskies’ defensive drills on his own.
One day later, he corralled a couple of friends and went to a local middle school that has a turf field. He started to train for his future.
“It makes me work harder that it’s in view,” Curran said. “Just that you can see it, playing at the Pac-12 level or even playing in college. It makes you work a lot harder. It makes you want it a lot more.”
The 6-foot-2, 169-pound junior attended Washington's practice with sophomore teammate Chico McClatcher, a running back who already has a scholarship offer from the Huskies. It was Curran’s first trip to watch the team train.
“It was really cool,” he said. “The atmosphere was kind of fun. I got to meet a lot of the players. I met Coach Sark (Steve Sarkisian), all the other coaches, Coach (Justin) Wilcox. It was a good experience.”
Curran spent most of his time watching the defense and was able to spend some time talking about Washington’s defensive concepts with Wilcox, the program’s defensive coordinator.
“Coach Wilcox was just going over some of the defensive schemes with me, telling me some of the stuff they do, showing me the DB drills that they did,” Curran said. “I was just nice that I could pick up some of those things and kind of bring them back, work on them just so I’ll be college ready.”
Growing up in Washington, Curran said it would be a “dream” to play for the Huskies.
“They definitely let me know I was being watched,” he said. “Coach Wilcox said he had definitely heard of me. He had watched film on me, and he’s expecting big things from me next year.”
To know the program could pursue him if he continues to work hard is more than enough to keep him working toward his goal of playing college football.
“Just to be on their radar is tremendous,” he said.