Monday, February 25, 2013
2014 ATH Curran hopes patience pays off
By Mason Kelley
When asked to describe where he is at in the recruiting process, Keenan Curran (Federal Way, Wash./Federal Way) said he is “patiently waiting” for things to pick up.
“I just have to remember to be patient and still work and get better, because you can always get better,” he said. “It’s hard, but at the end of the day, you have to sit and realize it will come. You’ve just got to be patient and wait for it.”
The 6-foot-2, 169-pound junior has been receiving interest from programs like Washington, Arizona State, Wyoming and Colorado State. But he wants to turn that interest into scholarship offers.
“I was good enough to get the coaches’ attention, but I think I still needed that little extra bit of talent or hard work, so I’ve definitely been working hard to get faster and to work on my covering skills,” Curran said.
Curran is preparing for a 7-on-7 tournament in Las Vegas and plans to attend Washington’s Rising Stars Camp and Oregon’s team camp. He is doing everything he can to prove to college coaches he is a Division I player.
“My name is out there, but I definitely want to solidify myself as one of the top defensive backs, not only in the state, but in the region,” he said.
Capable of playing both quarterback and safety, Curran has recently focused his attention on defense.
“I’m fine with either one,” he said. “Going into junior year I did a lot of work at some quarterback camps, and this offseason I’m trying to work on my defensive skills, but I’m open to either one.
“I just love the game of football, so playing anything would be good for me.”
Curran attended Washington’s junior day a few weeks ago and was able to talk to defensive backs coach Keith Heyward.
“It was fantastic,” Curran said when asked about the experience. “All the facilities were world class. The coaches were fantastic. It was fun sitting down with coach Heyward and just talking to coach Sark (Steve Sarkisian) a little bit.”