In the course of four days, Stillmore defensive end Curtis Fann Jr. went from having zero college prospects to becoming one of the fastest rising recruits in the southeast.
Since the South Carolina Gamecocks became the first to offer the 6-foot-3, 245 pound defensive end on Monday, four other schools have entered the mix, highlighted by Auburn and Alabama.
“They both were huge offers,” Fann said of the SEC West rivals. “Two powerhouse schools and they both develop great defensive lineman, which is really good. I spoke to coach Kevin Steele from Auburn and I’m going to get in touch with Coach [Jeremy] Pruitt from Bama today.”
Earlier this week, Fann spoke with head coach Will Muschamp and co-offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon.
“They’re excited, they like my physical play and my length. And I bend pretty well. I got a visit on June 17th so I’m excited about that.”
“I’m just really excited about the offer,” Fann continued. “Especially it being my first offer with a school like [South Carolina] believing in me.”
Fann’s hometown of Stillmore - population 530 - is one of several small boroughs whose youth attend Emmanuel County Institute, a single-A high school in Twin City, Georgia.
“Not too many D1 schools come through,” Fann said of playing in a small town. “Auburn came [Wednesday] for the first time ever. This past year there have been a good bit though.”
The pickup has likely been due to Fann’s growing reputation. As a sophomore he racked up 23 tackles for loss, seven sacks and four forced fumbles en route to a Region Title.
“I think I bring a lot of physicality,” Fann said. “I’m very good at stopping the run. I play hard for every chance I get.”
As far as his goals for the upcoming season, Fann hopes to develop his pass rushing skills and improve his overall explosiveness.
“And of course win a state championship,” he added.
Clemson has also shown Fann considerable interest. In addition to Columbia, he plans to visit both there and Auburn this summer.
“It’s early, but really good fans, a great environment, a great atmosphere and great coaches,” Fann said of what he will be looking for in these colleges. “A place where I can really interact with the players. Somewhere I fit in and feel at home.”
He won’t forget the school that offered him first, either.
“That means a lot. I know I still got a long time but South Carolina was the first one that took the chance on me, believed in me. That’ll always be a good pitch.”