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.


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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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July 3rd, 2011
9:05 am

Quoting RMIKE158: “Look at Ohio State, USC, Tennessee and Auburn……..all those schools breaking major rules in football and yet you want Richts head on a platter if he doesnt perform this year.”

Auburn hasn’t even been accused of breaking major rules. Why did you toss Auburn in there with some people that are actually being investigated? Schools that have received letters from the NCAA stating that there is an investigation? Auburn has broken no rules. You pretty much spoiled a good post about Coach Richt by putting that falsehood about Auburn in there.

PeePants the hobo Clown

July 3rd, 2011
10:29 am

Someone here made a great point. Things go in cycles. It’s our time now and it would be a shame if Richt didn’t get the opportunity to weather this storm. Its his FIRST downswing in 10+ years. He deserves time.
Hell, if Trip Chandler makes that catch against USC a few yrs ago,we win the game and end up most likely in the NC game….things happen.

GT Wrecking Ball

July 3rd, 2011
11:17 am

Mike P,

Are you the most vile, lifeless, person in the world? Listening to multiple sports talk shows, reading Auburn blogs, and yet you have the audacity to write that Auburn has not been accused of breaking rules? Practically every sports reporter, investigative journalist, National Collegiate sports reporters, and many many coaches have accused Auburn of breaking rules. The NCAA has knowingly been investigating Auburn for 9 months and only a idiot like you without a life could even imagine that Auburn has not broke any rules.

The reason you spend so much time tuned into all of these sports blogs and Auburn web sites is the fact you really know that in time the shoe is going to drop on Auburn and it is just a matter of time. When coaches at schools outside of your conference start tallking about the rogue assistants at Auburn then you have trouble brewing. I think the record of Luper and Trooper and their historires of violating multiple rules at 3 different institutions speaks for itself. The most telling is the fact that two different head coaches have made public statements about Taylor not living up to the models of their institutions control. At every stop Taylor has made in his career he has made a bee-line to the boosters with the most to offer and used the influence of those persons to reach prospects. Those are facts and have been previously reported by beat writers at those schools.

Get a life and stop harrassing others with your infantile behavior and writings that apparently strikes a nerve with a person like you who really needs medication to control this passive aggressive behavior that is exhibited in your teenage like writings.

GT Wrecking Ball

July 3rd, 2011
11:21 am

Just a note that was on the Auburn page of the Bleacher Report by the Auburn Reporter.

check out the results of the poll conducted, it is more than enlightening,


Vol Nation

July 3rd, 2011
12:18 pm

I really do not know why anyone on this blog even acknowledges the guy who posts as MikeP.
He has one option which has been previously been pointed out, and that is cutting in pasting others comments with no original thought of his own. He must have no life as he has stated earlier to watching television, listening to sports talk, reading and posting on Auburn defense blogs.

Everyone, please ignore this clown and once the football season starts he will be long gone loser from Alabama who spend the rest of his fall guarding Toomer’s Corner like a neighborhood watch program.


July 3rd, 2011
2:36 pm

Cj can’t be 205 lbs, can he?

It Ain't Rocket Science

July 3rd, 2011
7:24 pm

good luck folks. See you when the season starts. These blog can’t stay on topic long enough to talk good football.


July 3rd, 2011
8:20 pm

GTWrecking Ball: Those people you named, including talk shows and internet message board members, do not have the authority to accuse. In this case, that authority is limited to the SEC and NCAA. They have accused Auburn of….nothing. Zero. The last word Auburn got from the NCAA was when they declared Cam Newton to be “Eligible Without Condition” the first week of December.

Rival coaches don’t like Trooper Taylor and Curtis Luper? Of course they don’t, Trooper and Luper have been named on the list of the nation’s top 25 recruiters for the past two years. They’ve been kickin’ booty on the recruiting trails and other coaches hate it. Tough.

The only verified fact that has come out of the whole Cam Newton situation is that former Mississippi State player and current street agent Kenny Rogers approached Cecil Newton about getting paid for getting Cam to sign with MSU. $200,000, of which Rogers would conveniently get $20,000 for his agent’s fee. Since Rogers didn’t have enough money in his pocket to rub two dimes together that’s where it ended. This discussion happened in a Starkeville hotel lobby on November 29th, 2009. Please tell me what that has to do with Auburn?

Talking good reporters, those two guys at Yahoo! Sports get solid facts before they write something. They are the ones that blew the lid off the Reggie Bush case and they are currently opening a can of worms at Oregon, all backed with named sources and facts. Oh yes, they spent a couple of months looking around Auburn last winter and then decided there was nothing going on. Well, they did find one thing: They found out that Thayer Evans lied when he said that Cam Newton was facing a board for cheating at Florida. I just tried to post a link to that story, but it’s so old now that they’ve taken it down.

Last things last, how could something on Bleacher Report be enlightening? More speculation, innuendo and false information with no accountability is all you get there. I didn’t click the link, I’ve been to Bleacher Report once and that was enough.

This is America and Innocent Until Proven Guilty is the law of the land. The haters and rumor mongers don’t like that, but that’s the way this country is and nobody in authority has even accused Auburn of anything, let alone proven something.

Now no, people don’t have to read my posts but as long as falsehoods and downright lies are being posted about Auburn, I’ll point them out.

War Eagle and I’m looking forward to the 2011 season, it’s gonna’ be another fun year in Auburn!

you know me

July 4th, 2011
12:08 am

please justin curry already being reconized… he hasnt done anything.. first off he doesnt weigh 165.. second he is slow as anything. cant believe this article

Even head

July 4th, 2011
3:12 am

99 % OF WHAT MIKE writes is pure lies and when 75% of the nation thinks your program is the dirties program in college football….you have already lost the war and the battle.


July 5th, 2011
8:58 am

Tell me, Even, what single smidgen of proof is there that Auburn has done anything wrong? What evidence have the NCAA, SEC and every hack reporter seeking to make a name for himself come up with after 18 months of searching?

The answer is nothing. For all those people to have found ZIP pretty much indicates that Auburn is running the most squeaky-clean operation in college sports.

As far as “losing the war and the battle”, I don’t know where you get that. Auburn has a BCS Championship trophy to look at and no problems associated with it. It’s a great time to be an Auburn Tiger!