LSU made a splash during its elite high school prospect camp in June when Florida running back Chris Curry worked out and gave a verbal commitment before returning home. Curry became the first back to commit to LSU in an offseason where the coaching staff was looking for eventual successors to Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams. He officially signed on the first day of the early signing period.
- Curry was among the first offers dished out by Ed Orgeron’s newly assembled coaching staff. The Florida running back procured his in February from recruiting coordinator Tommie Robinson, who lured Curry and his family to campus for national junior day a month later. Immediately, LSU vaulted toward the top of Curry’s top schools .
- Curry made his way back to Baton Rouge for a second unofficial visit in June, participating and testing in LSU’s prospect camp. He committed to the Tigers by the time the weekend came to an end, giving LSU a 5-foot-11, 200-pound bruiser in the backfield.
- Dreads aside, Curry is oft-compared to former Seattle Seahawks back and current Oakland Raiders star Marshawn Lynch. Sure, they have a similar hairstyle, but more importantly, they share a violent running style. Curry discussed the parallels with Lynch and “Beast Mode ,” and what that means for his future both on and off the field.
A lingering ankle injury derailed part of Curry’s offseason and bits and pieces of his senior campaign at Lehigh Acres (Fla.) High School. Still, the 4-star tailback managed to amass 764 yards on 112 carries, including 13 touchdowns. Six times he eclipsed the 100-yard mark and he finished the season with a 6.8 yards-per-carry average in seven games.
When healthy, Curry should fill the role as a downhill runner in LSU’s offense, which is in need of a talent boost entering 2018.
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