MUSKOGEE, Okla. — Adrienne Curl called out, “Hut two, hut 34.” Her son ran around a tree, looking back toward her to catch a pass.
Four-year-old Kamren Curl first fell in love with football at a park in San Diego. Adrienne admits she knew nothing about the sport at the time. But she, as well as the rest of Kamren’s family, was willing to do whatever necessary to support his hopes of becoming a football star.
“When he was 4, I said, ‘Hey, let’s do flag, and he looked at me like who plays flag football?'” Adrienne told SEC Country in a recent interview. “I had to tell him he couldn’t play tackle until he was 6. So, when he got old enough, he did a car wash and raised his own money to pay the fees for February 25th. That was his first game and my birthday.”
That’s how Kamren got his start in football, and he’s made the most of it. Seven years ago, the family moved to Muskogee, Okla., where Kamren became a standout defensive back for the local high school.
He played impressively enough to receive scholarship offers from major programs such as Arkansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, TCU and Texas. On Jan. 19, he announced his intention to sign with the Razorbacks on Feb. 1, National Signing Day.
Kamren announced while surrounded by his mom, dad (Greg) and sisters (Nya and Iyanna). The moment fulfilled a dream for someone who often had a football in his hands since he began catching passes from his mom in the park.
“To this day, he might not like this, but I have seen him laying up in bed with a football,” Adrienne said.
Throughout his recruiting process, Kamren leaned on his family. He initially committed to Texas Tech. After de-committing in late October, his recruitment exploded. Arkansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Ole Miss and Texas offered him within a month.
“No matter where he was going to go … even if it was all the way in Nebraska, I would’ve supported him,” Adrienne said. “But even two hours away in Arkansas, as a momma, I’m going to miss him. But I wanted to go to the games, so it’s good he’s going to be close so I can see his home games. I just want him to be happy. I didn’t care where he went.”
Kamren’s dad echoed that support. Greg was often busy visiting with coaches and gathering all the information possible to help his son along the way.
“It means a lot,” Kamren said of the support from his family. “(My parents) told me to be selfish, because this is about me and nobody else. This is about me and my future.”
Now that Kamren has found a new home at Arkansas, his family couldn’t be more excited for his future. Head coach Bret Bielema and defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads have endeared themselves to Kamren’s parents. And Kamren hopes that with the help of those guys, and continued support his family, this is a new beginning to what will be a long football journey.
“This is the end and the beginning,” Kamren said. “I’ve been dreaming of this since I was 4 years old. I fell in love with football when I was 4. I’d watch on TV, want to go to college and hopefully get to play in the NFL.”
The true beginning for Kamren Curl was a park in San Diego. His next stop is Fayetteville, and there are tons of possibilities beyond that. But regardless of what happens, he can expect to have the support of a family that has been there every step of the way.