CJ Curry: Football is family activity for top UGA recruit (UPDATED)

UGA football recruit CJ Curry (middle) with brothers Darius Curry (right side) and Justin (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

UGA football recruit CJ Curry (middle) with brothers Darius Curry (right side) and Justin (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Football is a family activity for UGA’s first commit for its 2012 recruiting class, CJ Curry.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound wide receiver is the son of veteran high school coach Felix Curry, who recently accepted a job as an assistant at Flowery Branch High School and moved his family there. The elder Curry played football as a free safety at Mars Hill College (N.C.), where his wife Trina also played college volleyball.

CJ’s younger brother is one of the state’s top prospects for 2013. Darius Curry (6-1, 180) is a rising junior cornerback at Flowery Branch and already has early football offers from Tennessee, Oklahoma State and N.C. State.

With Darius at DB and CJ at WR, it makes for some interesting games of backyard football.

“They go at it like dogs,” the father told the AJC. “Darius is a lockdown corner and loves to press in man [coverage]. CJ loves being pressed. That’s what probably contributes to both being better — CJ going against a good corner all the time, and Darius going against a good wide receiver.”

And there’s one more Curry projected to attract attention from college scouts down the road. Justin Curry is a rising freshman who plays running back and safety. He’s 5-7 and 165 pounds. “He’s not as tall as us [either of his two older brothers] going into the ninth grade, but he’s stronger and pretty fast,” CJ said.

OTHER RECRUITING NOTES

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Brookwood DB Zach Jackson has Vanderbilt, Mississippi State and Wake Forest among his early offers (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

On Thursday, there was some spirited debate on the message board (click here to read it) about the optimal height of a college prospect at cornerback. Carrollton High School’s Jonathan Jones aka “Georgia’s fastest football recruit” is 5-10 1/2, according to his coach. The state of Georgia has a strong national reputation for producing talented DB prospects, and this year’s crop is another stellar one. Here are the sizes of some of Georgia’s other elite 2012 defensive backs (both cornerbacks and safeties because some may play either), courtesy of Kipp Adams of UGASports/Rivals.com (click here for his complete list from May):

  • Geno Smith, St. Pius, 5-10, 170 (Alabama and Auburn lead out of nearly 40 offers)
  • Josh Holsey, Creekside, 5-9, 171 (committed to Auburn)
  • *Chaz Elder, Banneker, 6-2, 180 (UGA, South Carolina and Vanderbilt are leaders)
  • Jonathan Jones, Carrollton, 5-10, 165 (Auburn, Georgia Tech, and Mississippi State among his dozen offers)
  • Davion Tookes, Creekside, 5-10, 168 (committed to Virginia Tech)
  • *Kyle Fleetwood, Stephenson, 5-11, 200 (committed to South Carolina)
  • Ray Buchanan Jr., Peachtree Ridge, 5-10, 176 (son of former NFL player with Falcons)
  • Zach Jackson, Brookwood, 6-0, 180 (another big-time talent under the recruiting radar for now)
  • Paris Head, Buford, 6-1, 170 (committed to Vanderbilt)
  • T.J. Gurley, Cairo, 5-10, 180 (Georgia Tech, Tennessee, and South Carolina among his offers)

* – denotes may play safety in college

Finally, some sad news out of the recruiting world on Thursday: The mother of Henry County High School defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson passed away. Dalvin is one of the state’s top prospects for this season.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog Got a recruiting item? mcarvell@ajc.com

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161 comments Add your comment

Chizik for President!

July 1st, 2011
5:04 am

While UGA’s “NFL guy” pulls out his tape measure, if you’re a pure baller come to Auburn!!!! Don’t forget the same clowns in Athens recruited the best QB in college football (won that shiny Heisman) and the #1 draft pick in the NFL draft ($$$$$$) at …..,, PAUSE FOR EFFECT ..

They recruited a Legendary QB at … TIGHT END! wth??? Great talent scouts, those Athens boys. HAHAHA

@Chizik for President!

July 1st, 2011
5:09 am

Yep, if you are a paid mercenary with a sketchy past and want to play one season, Auburn is probably the place for you. Scam wasn’t a “legendary” qb until his one and done at Auburn. I’m guessing you are a young Georgia resident that hates Georgia because you couldn’t get in.

Columbus

July 1st, 2011
5:12 am

Legendary for being a scandal. Legendary after 1 year on the field? Only to Auburn fans becasue they paid him so much. UGA had SEVERAL QBs Auburn didn’t have a pot to piss in. WHY RECRUIT ANOTHER QB? UGA had so many had to put them in other positions, redshirts, let them transfer, whatever. DID not NEED HIM! Auburn needed him so BAD he was paid. Their championship will ALWAYS be tainted because they had a PAID PROFESSIONAL for a QB. UGA does it honest. Auburn is a joke. They have been paying players for the last 20 years steadily. The only way they can compete with BAMA! Thank GOD he did not come to UGA for one season with all his baggage. Auburn BOUGHT a championship. Bout damn time they BOUGHT themself one! What you gonna do this year? LOL, Where is Cam? Who did you buy this go around? LAST YEAR IS OVER. Better relive last year during this season. Its going to SUCK for Auburn fans and you…

Columbus

July 1st, 2011
5:23 am

All of you Curry’s look and seem like good young men. The kind that UGA wants, not the thugs at Auburn or Tennessee or South Carolina. Stay home at UGA so your parents can see you ALL play EVERY SATURDAY! Dad wants to be there to see his boys in the SEC and yeah you can go somewhere else, but that would be great for him, convenient. Never have to decide on which sons game to go to or if there is enough time or money. Away games already cost enough to travel and stay overnight and then visits home etc. Give dad a deserved break. Come to UGA and win the National Championship in 2012 and 2013. Welcome to UGA and the DawgNation. It’s our time but we need players like you. The best of the best….We need all 3 of you. Crowell will be gone and Justin you can come in and take his place. C.J. and Darius, we need both of you NOW!

Destin Dawg

July 1st, 2011
6:44 am

Parade magazine says ” UGA #2 large University education, plus Big Time sports ” in beautiful college town.. Athens, Ga… kids that stay in State.. close to support groups.. friends and family.. do better in school.. and life after FB.. get your education.. Go Dawgs !!

Paddy

July 1st, 2011
6:47 am

I always thought 5-10 5-11 was the perfect height for a college cornerback. That was before some college coach told me how wrong I was! I guess all those great players I have been watching for years just were not any good. Who knew?

name

July 1st, 2011
6:55 am

LOL……UGA and “national championship” in the same sentence. Good one!

And please quit posterbating to schoolboys…..it’s a little scary.

Tech Fan

July 1st, 2011
7:02 am

So, Jonathon Jones is the same, actually one inch taller than Holsey, size as Geno Smith and faster, but CSL and CTG say he’s not the right size but Geno Smith is?

WTF?

It Ain't Rocket Science

July 1st, 2011
7:09 am

Quite a family of athletes the dad has there. Hope his son turns out to be a great , and I also hope that UGA offers the younger brother as he seems like he is a game. I just hope the Dad doesn’t control them as much as the recently departed OL’s father was.

It Ain't Rocket Science

July 1st, 2011
7:10 am

Correection 7:09am
Game=gamer

Destin Dawg

July 1st, 2011
7:11 am

Yes… name… 2012 and 2013 will be huge at UGA.. going up hill in Athens…. Dream Team recruits.. still coming in.. Grantham’s 3/4 Junkyard Dawg Defense… new improved S & C plus nutrition… great Kicking game.. winning attitude coming back.. Go Dawgs !!!

German Shepherd Dawg

July 1st, 2011
7:12 am

Oh, dear. I agree with Tech Fan. I don’t understand not looking at JJ when GS has been offered but indicates going elsewhere.

Name, you must be a real youngster. I was in school when UGA won the NC. I went to the FL game that year and had a hangover for about a week after “Lindsey Scott!”

Guess you never heard of him, either. If you’re a FL fan, let me remind you there’s a reason UGA still leads the all time series. We used to own you, and will again one day. Perhaps sooner than later. AU doesn’t even merit smack talk, and we’ll see what happens at Alabama. Saban’s about due to jump ship again now he’s got his statue for fans to worship.

JB

July 1st, 2011
7:32 am

Must be something in the water in Alabama…….Auburn had a great year last year….Key word is year. now they think they are God’s gift to college football. Even little ole poorly coached Georgia beat them 4 years in a row before that. Georgia is in a place as of now where BAMA was for 3-4 years before Saban showed up. Very Average. Things go in cycles. Auburn will see this year, and we are another bad season away in Athens for some historical changes ourselves. The haters better hope Richt wins this year. Dawgs might slip up and hire someone to keep all this rich talent at home and make like miserable for you.

TennesseeDawg

July 1st, 2011
7:33 am

Recruits are notoriously sized up to show they are bigger/faster/stronger than they really are. A 5′ 10″ CB might actually be 5′ 8″

JB

July 1st, 2011
7:33 am

s/b life miserable

JB

July 1st, 2011
7:38 am

Notice the Auburn coach has a book out ” what it take to be the best”………it’s one page….you open it up and it simply say’s on page one ” $180,000″. Good book.

atltiger15

July 1st, 2011
7:50 am

and ALL that book proceeds are going to a foundation to help children

JB

July 1st, 2011
7:52 am

Now that is good news atltiger15……..seriously.

gt4ever

July 1st, 2011
7:54 am

It’s always fun to listen to dawg fans talk about illegal football activities…. Priceless…. UGA’s history is full of NCAA violations.. At least AU wins the MNC. UGA cheats and can’t win a MNC.. Pathetic..

northaugusta dawg

July 1st, 2011
7:57 am

carvell how is uga doing in recruiting everytime i look we are missing out on in state recruits to vandt tenn sc and those alabama schools . do we not recruit as hard this time of year ?

Destin Dawg

July 1st, 2011
8:03 am

most Tech footballers stay eligible 3 years taking Mang’t classes ??? Never graduate ???

gt4ever

July 1st, 2011
8:05 am

A lot of the mainstream students take management courses and never graduate… UGA has the same attrition.. What’s your point Destin?

vernchan

July 1st, 2011
8:07 am

It’s funny to ready UGA fans lament “all of our instate players”. How many scholarships do you thing they can offer? There are hundreds of very talented players in Georgia and they all can’t go to UGA. It’s also funny to see SEC schools accuse each other of being dirty. Is there no honor among thieves ? LOL

vernchan

July 1st, 2011
8:07 am

I meant to say it’s funny to read UGA fans lamenting about losing all of our instate players.

JB

July 1st, 2011
8:14 am

gt4ever………………..Back up your claim and list our HISTORY of NCAA punishment in football………Not some 10 cent story of self reporting a misplaced cell call. You threw it out there, name them…..I got all day.

DAWG MAN

July 1st, 2011
8:15 am

UGA HAS BEATING AUBURN FOUR OUTTA FIVE YEARS!!!!!

JB

July 1st, 2011
8:17 am

Most of Tech’s recent football players are working for Air Tran in baggage handling….for real…………What firm is Reggie Ball with?

Gamecocks Fan

July 1st, 2011
8:18 am

JB

July 1st, 2011
8:18 am

gt4ever………..start by using google…………We’re waiting….

slydog

July 1st, 2011
8:18 am

is it just me or is Darius Curry a little taller than CJ? At least by half an inch

WDE

July 1st, 2011
8:21 am

@vernchan thanks for explaining what you meant in your post…we still don’t care what you think..bye now.

gt4ever

July 1st, 2011
8:24 am

JB, good grief man… Just google UGA and NCAA infractions… Your recent AD was king(Vince), you have paid out millions in hush money… Your basketball was a JOKE with Harrick at the helm… Mark Richt has the worst discipline problem and player disrespect than any coach in D1 football. Well, maybe lane at USC is worse, time will tell. 10 cent story. That story just underlines that your head coach doesn’t have a CLUE!

JB

July 1st, 2011
8:24 am

I’m thinking the last State of Georgia football program to get some NCAA punishment in football was………GT??

bulldogmaniac

July 1st, 2011
8:26 am

Legend, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! A legend after 1 year???????????? That’s funny stuff!
Dont forget that this is the same guy that got KICKED OUT of Florida for stealing computers, tried to get paid to play and had good college year. And Heisman award?? Please! Go back and look through history and see how many Heisman winners were EPIC FAILS in the NFL! The list is LONG and soon to have 1 more name added to it!

Gamecocks Fan

July 1st, 2011
8:26 am

None of this matters until Feb 2, 2012, 2013, 2014

JB

July 1st, 2011
8:26 am

“paid out millions in hush money”……….Good work Dick Tracy…………..with the emphasis on Dick

roaddawg80

July 1st, 2011
8:28 am

Why in the world is Auburn fans on here talking smack? UGA has owned you the past decade. I guess you have one good year and now you are just so dominant right? Back to reality this year.

gt4ever

July 1st, 2011
8:28 am

Whatever JB, you just keep drinking that koolaide… Number 1 delusional fanbase in America! UGA… Hey, I guess you can be number 1 in something…lmao.

WDE

July 1st, 2011
8:30 am

@gt4ever our clueless coach has beaten the Bugs 9 out of 10. And what does the NCAA have to do with the Fulmer Cup I’m not making the connection there Bug boy.Our coach has never told our fans to punch anyone one in the face..not that any Bugs are really dumb enough to try that no matter what the Wattle Neck Goon says.

gt4ever

July 1st, 2011
8:31 am

Yes, and still paying…

gt4ever

July 1st, 2011
8:32 am

WDE, I’m not surprised you don’t make the connection… But you keep trying. Maybe one day..

JB

July 1st, 2011
8:35 am

gt4ever………..This is what I want to see……example………….AP Nov 17th, 2005. GEORGIA TECH placed on probation for two years for using 17 academically ineligible players in four sports, 11 in football……………….See gt4ever,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,This is what slinging mud is about. FACTS. google it big boy.

Dawg Gone

July 1st, 2011
8:35 am

@gt4ever what is GT no.1 in other than terrorist training? And virgins over 19. And percentage of students packing pocket protectors and English is their second language , Wow you know you guys are no.1 at a lot more things than I thought .

Greg

July 1st, 2011
8:36 am

Auburn and GT fans hating on here as usual. I realize 9 of 10 and 5 of 6 hurts, but get a life. OWNED. Get over it.

Gamecocks Fan

July 1st, 2011
8:39 am

atltiger15

July 1st, 2011
8:42 am

@roaddawg

UGA is 6-4 last 10 games, 6-6 last 12 games against AU, far from dominating but i guess by UGA standards these days, that is domination. Guess you’re comparing uga’s success against FLA and the success against AU .Let’s see, FLA has won what 18 out of 21 or something like that..So yes, i understand why you said UGA has dominated AU last 10 yrs.

atltiger15

July 1st, 2011
8:43 am

or lack thereof to FLA

JB

July 1st, 2011
8:47 am

gt4ever opening new can of paint and getting a wider brush to paint with a broader brush I guess. They come on here and act they have NEVER been in trouble….. and they have. .
Hell, even O’leary cheated on his resume to get hired there.

JB

July 1st, 2011
8:48 am

What’s our record with Florida got to do with Auburn. For that matter, I can remember a few dry spells with ya’ll and Bama……..So.

JB

July 1st, 2011
8:56 am

Gamecock fan……Hats off, you have a good team……….question…What kind of grief would Richt get for starting an experienced senior QB would had been suspended 6 times in his career? Richt is held to a pretty high standard by this newspaper ( by running story after story about any problems) I think Spurrier is a great coach, but he’s also a win at any cost coach also.