OU football recruiting: Natrell Curtis joins fellow Arizonan Mark Andrews in trek to Norman

BY JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer, jkersey@opubco.com Published: February 4, 2014

Natrell Curtis knew after visiting Oklahoma in mid-November that it was where he wanted to be, but the three-star offensive guard didn't commit until nearly two months later.

“I just waited it out, but I knew Oklahoma was the place for me the whole time,” Curtis said.

Junior guard Dionte Savage was Curtis' host on his official visit, and the 6-foot-3, 325-pound guard also got to know receivers Durron Neal and Sterling Shepard that weekend.

Curtis, from Phoenix, developed a strong relationship with offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh throughout the fall, and then became close with four-star wide receiver Mark Andrews, another Phoenix-area native who committed to the Sooners in early August.

Andrews and Curtis had been around each other a few times, but really hit it off while preparing for the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio in early January.

“We were hanging out the whole time, doing everything together,” Curtis said. “Our families got together every night they were down there. We're pretty close now.”

Curtis already knew he was going to commit to Oklahoma by that point, but didn't make it official until Jan. 6, a few days after the Sooners' 45-31 Sugar Bowl upset of Alabama.

“Win or lose, I was still gonna commit there,” Curtis said of the Sugar Bowl's impact on OU recruiting. “That really didn't make a big difference for me. But as far as for our program, it just made guys want to go there even more. It just shows we can compete. Next year, the goal is to compete for a national championship.”


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