Many's 4-star 2023 LB Tackett Curtis visits 14 schools in June, but one coach stood out

Jimmy Watson
Shreveport Times

While many in Louisiana were enjoying vacations this summer, Many’s Tackett Curtis took a different route.

One of the top 2023 recruits in the state, who played two ways on Many's 2020 LHSAA Class 2A state title team, embarked on a whirlwind recruiting tour in June of 14 colleges.

Each school is seeking his services as a linebacker/safety, and the trip took his entourage from one side of America to the other. 

Michigan, Wisconsin, Texas A&M, Georgia, Clemson, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Penn State, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Stanford and USC had coaches pose with photos of the 6-foot-3, 215-pound defensive standout who hits like a runaway freight train. 

“It was awesome,” Curtis told The Times. “It was a fun June/summer for sure. We went to two-three-four schools each weekend.”

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Loyola vs. Many High School Friday evening at Messmer Stadium. Tackett Curtis

The trip began June 4 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, prompting the following Curtis tweet: “I had a wonderful time today at Michigan! I loved meeting the staff and seeing the top of the line facilities! Couldn’t have asked for a better time! #GoBlue.”

While most of the coaches at the schools spent 30-45 minutes with the four-star recruit, rated as the state's No. 5 prospect, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh went above and beyond. 

“Coach Harbaugh spent all day with us. And he brought in his father (Jack) to meet us,” Curtis said. “That was something that stood out to me.”

Many High School defeated Kinder High School 16-13 in the LHSAA Class 2A State Championship held Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020 at Turpin Stadium in Natchitoches.

Since all of the visits were unofficial, the schools could not provide a meal, although some of the coaches dined with the Curtis clan. Older brother Carson and younger sister Lola were along for most of the visits, which were planned about two to three weeks in advance.

“Some more schools offered me late, so I sneaked them in there and got to see all 14 schools,” Curtis said. 

The excursion ended June 26 in Los Angeles at Southern Cal: “I had an awesome time today at USC. It was a special day! Loved getting to meet all the coaches and meet with coach @CoachTOrlando!!! I’m excited to see how they do next year! Thank y’all so much!!!”

Among the 40-plus schools that have offered Curtis, but didn’t make the June recruiting trail, are LSU, Notre Dame, Oregon, Ole Miss, Florida and Miami.

“We make some more trips in late July, but nothing is set up yet,” Curtis said. 

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