- Corey Long, Reporter, RecruitingNation
Last month four-star offensive lineman Shawn Curtis (Orlando, Fla./Olympia) described his official visit to Iowa State as "amazing" and said the Cyclones would be "tough to beat."
Today Curtis’ words came to fruition as the 6-foot-6, 270-pound prospect committed to the Cyclones over Mississippi State, Syracuse, Wake Forest and Virginia.
Curtis took official visits to all five programs in a six-week span and it appears that all the programs were equal until his trip to Iowa State, his fourth official overall. It was there the Cyclones separated themselves from the pack.
“I really felt at home out there,” Curtis explained. “Sometimes you just feel it when you go to a place and you get to see what the community is all about.
“The final decision didn’t come easy, though. There was a lot of thought in all five programs. But I know I made the right choice.”
Curtis will be enrolling at Iowa State in January and is expected to play either one of the offensive tackle positions. He becomes the 22nd member of the Cyclones' class and the highest-rated prospect on the board.
He also becomes the seventh prospect from Florida to commit to the Cyclones. For the second year in a row, one of the top Orlando-area linemen will attend Iowa State. Orlando (Fla.) Jones lineman Duaron Williams was part of the 2012 recruiting class.
Curtis says Florida prospects are treated very well at the Big 12 progam
“The coaching staff just does a great job down here because a lot of Florida players are up there,” Curtis said. “They love the Florida prospects in Ames, and we’re treated like kings there.
“It’s an exciting time to be at Iowa State, and it’s a dream come true for me. I can’t wait to official call myself a Cyclone in a month and a half.”
Curtis’ team was eliminated from the playoffs last week, and the lineman said he will suit up in the Central Florida All-Star game next month.