FOOTBALL: Detroit East English Village Prep 2015 athlete Anton Curtis decides to “Row The Boat”
DETROIT – His first college offer came on May 5 by the way of Central Michigan, and over the last four weeks, Detroit East English Village Prep junior Anton Curtis was one of the hottest recruits in the state. Six more offers came his way, including one from Western Michigan, the school he chose to commit to today on his visit to Kalamazoo.
Curtis became the second player in the Broncos 2015 class, and the second one in two days.
"I already had a great relationship with the coaches," he said. "It was just a matter of how it was up there. When I went, the visit went great. It’s just a great city, with great people."
Curtis said his visit really sealed the deal for him, as he thought about committing to the Broncos, even before arriving on campus. Western Michigan just had to leave a great impression on him, and were successful in doing so.
"I thought about it," Curtis said in committing to Western Michigan ahead of time. "I had to see the campus, facilities and things of that nature. The atmosphere sealed the deal, and I just wanted a place I felt comfortable at."
The 6-foot-2, 172-pounder plays just about everywhere on the field in high school, including wide receiver, defensive back and quarterback, but will be catching the ball at Western Michigan. He’s long, extremely athletic, and very versatile, which could end up being a steal for head coach P.J. Fleck and Western Michigan.
Curtis’s recruitment heated up after his first offer came in, and could possibly heat up even more now that he has committed, which could be a waste of time.
"As of right now my commitment is very solid," Curtis said. "I am very proud to be a Bronco. Coach Fleck and the staff are doing a great on rebuilding the program."
Curtis said now that he has committed, he said he can focus on his high school team, and would try to get some of his teammates to come to Western Michigan. That could be two or more years from now, as most of East English Village Prep’s top players are in a class or two below him. Still Curtis said he would try, and is glad the process has ended.
"I’m relieved to have gotten this over with," he said. "Now I can Just focus on my team, and pursue our goal of winning a state championship."