CJ Curry, who was UGA’s first commitment for its 2012 football recruiting class, switched from the Bulldogs to Oklahoma State on Thursday.
It was a stunning turn of events for the wide receiver from Flowery Branch High School, who informed UGA coach Mark Richt on Wednesday night. Curry had been committed to the Bulldogs since last October.
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Curry made an unofficial visit to Oklahoma State in June, and was so impressed that he wanted to commit soon after. However, his family advised him to take more time to think about it. Curry waited around six weeks, and told UGA last night.
“Going into the summer, CJ told me ‘Dad, I want to see one more place’ and it was Oklahoma State,” explained Curry’s father, Felix. “So we rolled up there. After we started on our way back, I asked him what he thought about it. He said ‘Dad, I loved it.’ Now he knows I’m a huge Mark Richt and Georgia fan. I told him ‘CJ, when it comes to choosing where you go to college, you’ve got to be a little selfish. You can’t go where your mom or I want you to go. It has to be what’s best for you.’ He said ‘Dad, in my gut, Oklahoma State is where I want to be.’ He just really liked the coaches and felt comfortable. They were really detailed about where they stand with him as a football player, as far as playing time as a freshman. It was one of those deals where they have a beautiful facility, and he fell in love with the whole atmosphere.
“I knew he was probably going to de-commit from Georgia, I just didn’t know when. I assured him ‘Son, I don’t care where you go because we’re going to support you. I’m not going to be upset, because you’re getting a free college education.’ After he knew his mother and I were sincere about our support, he felt comfortable with moving forward with [switching]. Our whole household grew up Georgia fans. But CJ knows wherever he goes, it’s him that has to do the four years. And he felt more comfortable with Oklahoma State than he did with anybody else.”
Every few weeks over the summer, CJ’s father would ask “What’s your gut feeling?” Each time, CJ said “Oklahoma State.” Finally, his father told him it was time to do something about it. “I told him ‘What you don’t want to do is miss out on some place you really, really want to be at. Then you’ll have a bunch of regrets. If you feel that strongly about Oklahoma State, then I will respect you for acting on that, even if I’m a Georgia fan. Because at the end of the day, you’re my son and I will support you wherever you go.’”
The elder Curry made his son call Richt with the news. “He said Coach Richt was real cordial about it. [Richt] told him he had to respect the decision, and that he wished him the best.”
Nothing is official until the paperwork is signed around six months away in February. Will Curry still consider UGA between now and then if the Bulldogs continue to recruit him? “I don’t know if Georgia will stop recruiting him or not; I don’t know how that works,” his father said. “I think he’s pretty solid with Oklahoma State. But when you’re dealing with teenage boys, you never know. I will say this: He hasn’t wavered about Oklahoma State since we visited there in June. My thing is I didn’t want him to make a hasty decision. That’s why he thought about it over the summer. And every time I asked him ‘Georgia or Oklahoma State?’ he said Oklahoma State every time.”
Curry’s younger brother, Flowery Branch DB Darius Curry, is one of Georgia’s top college football prospects for 2013. He has an early offer from Oklahoma State, along with Tennessee and N.C. State. The elder Curry said that helped Oklahoma State’s efforts with CJ, but was not a deciding factor.
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