Tackett Curtis chooses USC over Ohio State and Wisconsin

Jimmy Watson
Shreveport Times

Many senior Tackett Curtis, a four-star linebacker and No. 6 prospect in Louisiana for the Class of 2023, has committed to Southern California. 

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound athlete announced his commitment to USC on Twitter

“After a lot of consideration and thought, I’ve decided to commit to the University of Southern California,” Tackett posted on Twitter. “I’d like to thank everyone that has supported  me throughout this process and all of the programs that recruited me! #Fghton @USC.”

Curtis had recently narrowed his choices to Wisconsin, Ohio State and USC. He is the No. 92 linebacker in the country and No. 5 linebacker in the country according to the 247Sports Composite.

“I feel like each school would be a great fit for me and what I want to accomplish as a college football player,” Curtis told The Times last week. “I have a great relationship with all of the coaches and staff from each school and I feel like that goes a long way. Every school has the resources that I would need to succeed at the next level and become the best version of myself that I can be.” 

Curtis had 128 tackles, including 18 for a loss, with four interceptions and three forced fumbles in 2021. He’s been the Outstanding Defensive Player for two consecutive seasons on the LSWA Class 2A All-State team. He also had offers from 10 SEC schools including LSU, Texas A&M and Arkansas, along with Notre Dame.

Many coach Jess Curtis, Tackett’s uncle, said he believes The Times 2021 All-Area Defensive Player of the Year has picked three “great programs” that have recruited him “hard” for well over a year. 

“(USC coach) Lincoln Riley and linebacker coach Brian Odom at USC have recruited him hard going back to OU,” Curtis said. “Riley calls and Facetimes him often. We feel like USC is fixing to be back like the Pete Carroll era under Lincoln.” 

He took visits to all three schools in June. 

Jimmy Watson covers Shreveport-Bossier area sports. Email him at jwatson@shreveporttimes.com and follow him on Twitter @JimmyWatson6.