Carius Curne impressed with what Hogs have to offer

By Otis Kirk
on 2024-06-09 13:59 PM

FAYETTEVILLE — Marion Class of 2025 four-star two-way lineman Carius Curne had a big weekend at Arkansas.

Curne, 6-4, 305, was one of 10 official visitors and liked everything about the visit. He’s capable of being a dominating lineman on either side of the football in college.

“It was good,” Curne said. “They showed love. I opened my mind up again. Arkansas’ taking a chance. They showed me love after I decommitted. No hard feelings. I like that. Shows that they care about the players. I like that too. It was a pretty good weekend.”

Curne originally committed to Arkansas on Feb. 7. He then opted out of that commitment on March 25. He went into more detail on what the highlight of the official visit was.

“The highlight was getting to hang out with the players and see how it really is up here,” Curne said. “How they really treat players here.”

He was hosted by true freshman defensive end Kavion Henderson. The former Leeds (Ala.) standout showed Curne a good time.

“He said it’s been going good so far,” Curne said. “He said you have to work hard. Showing love all the way around. They love all the freshmen up here early.”

Curne was asked what this official visit did for Arkansas’ chances?

“Kind of boosted them back up again,” Curne said. “Arkansas’ definitely back up in the top again. I’ve got to go home and think.”

The presumed leader by many for Curne heading into this weekend was LSU where he was supposed to go next. But Curne had something to say about LSU.

“I don’t think I’m gonna go there,” Curne said of next weekend’s official visit to Baton Rouge.

On3, 247Sports and ESPN have him rated the No. 1 recruit in Arkansas in the Class of 2025. has him No. 2 behind Little Rock Parkview safety Omarion Robinson, 6-0, 171. Growing up in Marion, Curne talked about what it was like to see his recruiting take off like it did.

“At first it was good,” Curne said. “I’m getting good recognition like I’ve never had. But after while it gets boring and old.”

The recruiting services rank him as an offensive lineman. On3 ranks him the No. 1 interior offensive lineman in the nation and No. 25-overall recruit regardless of position. The lowest national ranking for him is the No. 205 recruit regardless of position by ESPN places him at 115 and 247Sports No. 193.

While all those rankings are outstanding, the truth is he is just as good on defense. Eric Mateos, offensive line, and Deke Adams, defensive line, are recruiting him for the Razorbacks. The Hogs are willing to let him choose which side of the ball he plays.

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(Last updated: 2024-06-09 13:59 PM)