John Curtis Football stars Tevin Horton and Brandon Godfrey talk about their great program
The John Curtis High School Football team is one of the best in the country. The program has continually put solid talent at colleges and universities. It's a school with an amazing track record in academics as well as athletics. The Christian school has won 24 state championships in the state of Louisiana, the latest one being in 2011 when the Patriots defeated Winnfield 33-3 in the 2A championship. In fact, their coach, J.T. Curtis Jr. became just the 2nd U.S. high school football coach to win at least 500 games in his career. The coach has an overall record of 504-54-6, and the program has made it to the "Big Game" 29 times. John Curtis has produced great talent including standout players Joe McKnight, Chris Howard, and Jonathan Wells, are just a few of the current or former NFL players that attended the program. The Patriots have also won 10 or more games in each of the last 36 seasons, in which they've made the playoffs every year. John Curtis Christian is a private school located in River Ridge, LA, and has an enrollment of just over 800 students. Two of the schools up and coming football recruits are RB Tevin Horton and OL Brandon Godfrey (Both Class of 2013). We sat down with the standout football stars and had a Q & A with the both of them--
Tevin K. Horton-RB- 5'10, 190 lbs, 4.58 40 yard-dash, 78 Att. for 765 yards and 14 TD's rushing, currently no offers:
- 1.) What's it like playing for John Curtis?
RB- Tevin Horton Class of 2013, from (John Curtis High) River Ridge, LA
"Playing football at John Curtis Christian School is fun. I'm able to play along side the same guys today that I've played with since the 8th grade. The coaches teach you how to be humble and play as Christian young men, which is a big part of our program. As a team, we are very competitive and we get after each other and we build each other up to better the team."
"With our o-line, I feel confident in knowing that I can run the ball and get into the open field without having to worry about a missed block or a mis-read assignment. With the o-line that we have I know that they are very hard working but they don't get much credit for what they do. I speak on the behalf of our entire backfield by saying that we appreciate all that they do. Brandon Godfrey is a great football player but an even better person. I've known him since the 8th grade, which was my first year at attend John Curtis Christian School. On the field, he's as aggressive as any offensive lineman I've seen and he's a great leader."
- 2.) What's it like playing behind a great o line with guys like Brandon blocking for you?
"Louisiana Tech, University of Louisiana Lafayette, Mississippi State, Southern University, TCU, Houston, Northwestern State, Alabama."
- 3.) What camps do you plan on attending this summer?
"Priority number one is that I want to lead my school/team to another undefeated, state championship season. As far as recruiting goes, I understand what I can and can't control. I am a hard worker! I have the ability to do all of the things that are required of a running back. I can block, catch, run the ball between the tackles or bounce it outside. I will get first downs and extend drives. My hard work and determination in the weight room and on the field will show the type of determination that I have to get better individually so that I can help my team."
- 4.) What do you want to prove to colleges/peers in your senior season?
"I can perform in any system. At John Curtis Christian School we run the split-veer. That system is specific and precise. I don't adlib at all. I do what the system directs me to do but I am able to do a lot more. I have the ability to catch the ball or cut back and be a shifty type of back but that is not what our team needs me to do."
- 5.) What system best fits your game?
"At John Curtis Christian School, I am a one-cut, down-hill, power type of running back but I have the ability to be shifty and elusive. I am a team first type of player so whatever the scheme requires, due to my strenuous work-out regimine, I have the ability to be whatever type of back the scheme needs me to be."
- 6.) What style of a running back are you?
"I love the style that Adrian Peterson has. He's elusive but he's powerful. He can run you over and run around you. He understands down and distance and I feel that is my biggest asset. When it's 3rd and short, I understand what must be done."
- 7.) What RB would you compare to?
Brandon Godfrey: OL- 6'4", 278lbs. Plays Center and Left Tackle, Louisiana- Honorable Mention All-State, was on the Louisiana Football Magazine Cover
- 1.What's your favorite sports moment?
OL- Brandon Godfrey commits to Tulane University on May 29th, 2012
"Beating the Evangel in the semis after they beat us two years in a row for the state title."
- What's it like playing for a great team like John Curtis High?
"To play for a program like John Curtis is really amazing, to be part of history being made every year is an experience in itself, and to be able to follow the footsteps of other great players that came through Curtis is a challenge in itself to be better than them, but to sum it up in a few words it is great to be able to play for Curtis."
- What's it like opening holes for Tevin and other solid players?
"It's really an honor, i would have to say to block for the backs (Tevin) that we have, just to know that they will all be d-1 college recruits and to know that i can help them achieve their dream and they can help me achieve mine is a great feeling."
- What would you like to prove to colleges/peers?
"I would like to prove to colleges and my peers is that even though out of the offense we run that i am a complete offensive lineman and that i can do more than run blocking and to also prove that if given the opportunity i can be one the best players a college will bring in."
-Brandon Godfrey just verbally committed to Tulane University on May 29th, 2012 so his hard work and dedication to John Curtis Christian has paid off. He also holds offers from Memphis and McNeese State, and currently holds a 3.3 GPA. Brandon enjoys working out, being with his family, and watching sports. He would consider his character to be very competitive.
-Tevin Horton was selected to our 150 prospects to watch list (Class of 2013), and Recruit of The Week April 10th-17th of 2012. He enjoys listening to music, reading about and watching Military History documentaries and playing and watching football. Also, Tevin enjoys watching cartoons from time to time. Tevin has no scholarship offers mostly due to the fact his team is so good, he may be getting overlooked. Look for that to change after some summer camps he plans on attending.