The LSU coaches may not know exactly where Kaymen Cureton should line up on the field next year.
All they know is they want him in Death Valley.
LSU defensive backs coach Corey Raymond extended an offer to the three-star California pro-style quarterback on Monday, which fulfilled a lifelong dream of Cureton’s.
“It was huge,” Cureton told SEC Country. “At the age of seven or eight, I was walking about my home saying, ‘I was going to LSU.’ My pops used to say, ‘Man, you don’t know anything about the school,’ but for some reason I knew I wanted to go there. I was shocked kind of from a recruit’s perspective, but it validates your talents in one way or another because it’s big-time football out there.”
A two-way player at Los Angeles Senior High School (Calif.), Cureton has long been fascinated with LSU’s football program from a distance.
The 6-foot-2, 194-pound prospect and San Jose State commit continues to root for the Tigers, not just for the talent they boast on both sides of the ball, but the reputation the program has made it for itself.
“I mean, when you turn on the TV to watch a LSU game, you feel like you’re there,” Cureton explained. “That crazy, loud environment — that makes a ball player feel like the real deal! Especially these last couple of years, I like the hard-nosed savagery that’s been going on on both sides of the ball. Guys like (Malachi) Dupre, (Leonard) Fournette, (Jalen) Mills and Jamal Adams.”
As a fan, Cureton admitted he was a bit taken aback to receive an offer from Raymond earlier in the week.
Cureton recognizes his talent, but plays for a small, inner-city high school that is just getting used to tasting success.
For LSU to take notice of his skill-set all the way on the West Coast is a major wake-up call.
“Honestly, I’m not at the biggest school in the world,” Cureton began. “My teammates and I have been able to turn the program around. We’re 25-3-1 in the last two years, but to have a school (like LSU) of such prestige and high athlete and academic standards offer a kid like from like the inner city (that plays) for a slowly-rising school is huge!”
Cureton is a standout prospect at the quarterback position, but also sees time in the secondary.
In fact, Cureton envisions himself as a safety in the future, and can recall one moment that essentially determined his fate before the start of his junior season.
“Honestly, I’m going to play more on the defensive side this year,” he said. “I asked to play defense going into last season. At 7-on-7s, I was at safety and a guy came across the middle on a post. My first instinct was to lay to him out, so I did. And from that moment on, my coach knew that I was a little wild, so he said we’re going to have you just stay on the offensive side to keep you safe.”
That was last year, and Cureton expects to see more time in the defensive backfield going into his senior campaign.
“This year, it’ll definitely show that I love hitting,” he said. “I would define my style of play at the position as intellectual brutality. In a sense, it’s like smart ruthlessness. The perfect imbalance.”
Cureton believes the coaches do not have a clear-cut role defined for him at LSU yet.
While Raymond recruited Cureton, LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron is interested in meeting with the quarterback about his potential future on that side of the ball.
The three-star prospect has maintained an open mind about playing either position.
“The talks were about quarterback,” Cureton said. “Coach Raymond told me that Coach Cam was in a meeting and he wanted to communicate with me this week. He made a joke about with my size, he wouldn’t mind me playing on his side of the ball. He told I have the option.”
Cureton, the nation’s No. 57 pro-style quarterback per the 247Sports Composite, said he plans to unofficially visit LSU. He has family nearby the Tigers’ campus in Louisiana to help expedite the process.