MUSKOGEE, Okla. — Arkansas newest commit, Kamren Curl, is now part of what is shaping up to be an exceptional 2017 defensive back class.
Curl is one of four players in the Hogs’ class projected to play cornerback. All are 3-star recruits while the lone commit at safety, Montaric Brown, is a 4-star. This weekend, Brown and Curl will be official visitors in Fayetteville along with 4-star cornerback targets Chevin Calloway and Brad Stewart.
Landing either of those players would give the Razorbacks an incoming defensive back group that is deep and highly talented. Calloway and Stewart plan to announce their decisions on National Signing Day. Curl indicated he’d be pitching in to help recruit others this weekend.
“I feel like we can bring that DBU (Defensive Back University) to Arkansas,” Curl told SEC Country after committing Thursday afternoon. “That’s what I feel like.”
Curl (6-foot-2, 175 pounds) has long been listed as a safety by the major recruiting services. The Razorbacks, though, are currently viewing him as a corner.
“We’ve been talking about corner the most, so it’s probably going to be corner,” Curl said.
The allure of competing in the SEC played a major role is Curl’s decision. Ole Miss was the only other school in the conference among his finalists, with Baylor, Oklahoma and TCU also making the cut up until Thursday.
“It’s big,” Curl said of playing in the SEC. “Playing with the best receivers in the nation and getting that good competition so I can get exposure.”
Curl expressed relief over having his school of choice known to the public. He told head coach Bret Bielema and new defensive coordinator Paul Rhoads he’d be picking the Razorbacks last week during an in-home visit. Rhoads showed up at Curl’s commitment party 20 minutes after he made the announcement.
“I’m really relieved,” Curl said. “I don’t have to talk to a million coaches a day. I’m relieved to have it over and finalized.”
The Razorbacks now have 22 combined commits and signees in the 2017 class. They plan to sign 23 to 25 total.