SU’s Next Justin Pugh? Florida LT Shawn Curtis To Visit Orange in November

Orange Fizz has confirmed that Orlando, FL offensive tackle Shawn Curtis (6’5″, 270) will take an official visit to Syracuse. The good news continues for SU after a crucial win over Pitt Friday night. The Orange offensive line looked like a different unit with the return of Justin Pugh, and Curtis could very well be his heir apparent. Curtis is listed as just an inch shorter, and twenty pounds lighter (a college weight program will even that out). Pugh is a junior, so the Orange could have its LT situation sorted out for the next six seasons. With a red shirt Curtis could conceivably slide into his LT spot for the 2014 season and spend four years there.

Curtis told The Fizz in August SU was a likely destination for one of his five allotted official visits. The three-star prospect traveled to Charlottesville two weeks ago, and here’s the rest of his schedule so far:

- Wake Forest, October 20th
- Iowa State, October 27th
- Syracuse, November 3rd

Being the last of four schools, Syracuse has to hope that Curtis isn’t sold on any of his other choices before visiting CNY. That weekend is actually not an SU home game, the Orange will play at Cincinnati. He previously told The Fizz he would strongly consider committing to a school during a visit.

Curtis tells us he “will probably commit after the visits I have set up.” He wants to take all of his visits before making a final decision.

Curtis is significant because he’s the quintessential “ACC get” for SU. The Orange likely wouldn’t have been in the picture if not for the move to a new conference. Curtis is a legitimate three-star talent (ESPN even gives him four stars). He’s from Florida, and southern schools are primarily interested. Virginia, Wake Forest, Iowa State, Syracuse, and South Florida make up his top five. Curtis has said the biggest reason he’s interested in Syracuse is the the ACC. Without the impending conference change, it’s tough to imagine SU winning very many recruiting battles for high-level southern talent against southern schools. The ACC makes that task far easier.

Looking at the offensive tackle’s tape, it’s easy to see why Curtis considers his biggest strength his footwork. He needs to increase his strength, and that will come with time and a college weight program. But his explosiveness off the line of scrimmage is evident.

Curtis isn’t a household name like Ebenezer Ogundeko or Laray Smith, but he could be just as valuable down the road. Just remember what it was like seeing Lou Alexander start at right tackle for four straight games. Curtis could aid Syracuse’s tackle depth following the graduation of Pugh.

Stay tuned for an update on what Curtis is looking to learn from his visits. And The Fizz will keep you posted on Curtis’ status after each visit he makes.

Posted: Andrew Kanell


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  1. Derek says:

    I like to think that it helps to get a LT if you’re bringing in a great QB as well… they get glory by keeping the QB upright. If Allen has been on the horn to other recruits, I have to think he’s chatting up an LT even more.

  2. the sackster says:

    we definately need some good offensive line help,no doubt. i think we might have to go juco if needed.

  3. chris says:

    Make that twoquality quarterbacks and an O-line that stands to be outstanding next year. Pugh and Hicky along with Emerich and Palmer with Foy and Knapp fitting in as neededDon’t forget Robinson as a key reserve or even starter by then.

  4. Ron says:

    Damn Terrie;there Marrone goes again,going after one of those 3 star athletes that really can’t play at the D1 level. What the hell is he doing anyway?

    I’m about to post this(1:05 am) and I can hear you screaming waking up the neighborhood while your pacing in circles in your living room wondering what is he doing and probably saying to yourself that Marrone is wasting time and money again.

  5. Russell MacEachern says:

    Whats left to say?Our #1 fan just said it all (Ron)!!At 1AM no less lol!!Keep the faith fella’s help is on the way!

  6. Ron says:

    @Russell MacEachern; If your going to the game on Saturday,I hope that you have a great time and I think that you ought to take a coat. It’s getting colder you know and the weather men are starting to report on possible snow flakes falling.

    Have fun;

    GO CUSE

  7. Terry says:

    I hope that HCDM/dougie stays, but only after getting to at least 6-6 or better!!! If not FIRE HIM!!! That’s not even debatable!! But we do need OL help. And after 5 games so far DB’s look terrible too!! Our RB’s get caught from behind too!! I can’t remember a long run of 60+ yards in the last 5 years!! Lack of speed at WR too!! Other words talent has improved!! I hope the verbals stick if your man HCDM/dougie still has one of his years again(4/5 win season) YIPPS!!! Come on, you wouldn’t be surprised if some verbals fly if HCDM/dougie has one of his normal years(4/5 wins) would you???

  8. Brian says:

    Unless something terrible happens, Justin Pugh is going pro and not coming back.

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