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Strong interest between Clemson, stud 2018 Florida back

Chris Curry’s recruitment has taken off since the turn of the calendar year.

The talented 2018 running back from Lehigh Senior High in Lehigh Acres, Fla., has obtained offers from Michigan, Oregon, South Florida, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Southern Cal and LSU in 2017.

Curry admits he didn’t see the flurry of offers coming.

“It really felt amazing,” he told The Clemson Insider. “I really never expected big colleges to look at me. I come from a pretty big city, but recruiters don’t normally come down here like that. So it’s just a blessing to pick up these offers.”

Curry, who also has offers from Florida, Maryland, North Carolina and Wisconsin among others, is getting interest from Clemson.

Running backs coach Tony Elliott has been in periodic contact with him, and the 5-11, 200-pounder attended Clemson’s junior day last month.

“I really liked it because there was only two running backs there, so there was a lot of one-on-one talking with my position coach (Elliott),” Curry said. “We talked basically about he was thankful about having us come up there, and also about the kind of offense they run. And basically about being patient because this recruiting is like a business for them.”

Curry said Elliott likes that he is a downhill runner with a blend of power and speed.

“He said he likes the way I run the ball because most of the other backs aren’t a physical-type dude,” he said. “Like they’ll try to outrun you; he said I could be like both.”

Curry visited Clemson when he was a freshman, as well.

He called his conversations with former Clemson stars Sammy Watkins, who he said is a distant cousin of his, and Jayron Kearse the highlight of his latest experience.

“I experienced a lot and I heard a lot of stories from Jayron Kearse for example and Sammy Watkins,” Curry said. “So I really liked it, and they’re from down here actually.”

Curry also made visits to Florida and Miami in February and LSU in March. He hopes to get back to Clemson in the fall.

He doesn’t plan to narrow his recruitment until close to signing day, but named Oregon, LSU and Florida as the standout schools among his current offers.

The Tigers could vault to the top of the list if they pull the trigger on an offer.

“What really stood out to me throughout the whole time I was up there was they really push academics,” Curry said, “and they push family.”

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