Malik Curtis was once expected by many to be a drop candidate for the Miami Hurricanes‘ 2021 recruiting class.
But after his performance on Friday, that is no longer.
Curtis, ranked as a three-star athlete, scored all three of Bishop Verot High School’s (Fort Myers, FL) touchdowns and accumulated for 226 yards on offense versus Tampa Jesuit (Tampa, FL).
Following a slow start, Curtis turned his first reception into six points. He caught a wide receiver screen and blew past Tampa’s defense for a 78-yard touchdown.
As the game progressed, it was either give Curtis the ball or the Verot offense would be standstill. The 2019 News-Press first-team all-area selection would strike again on an end-around rush that would go 50-yards to the endzone.
Down 15 with 6:37 left in the fourth quarter, Curtis dominated his defender on a one on one matchup and caught a 40-yard touchdown.
Overall, Curtis caught seven passes for 173 yards (24.7 YPC) and two touchdowns, in addition to two carries for 53 yards (26.5 YPC) and a score.
He’s been viewed as a defensive player, more than likely a DB, at the next level, but his tape and measurables scream wide receiver. Curtis clocked a 4.48 in the 40-yard dash as a junior and garnered 680 receiving yards and eight touchdowns last season.
He’s received comparisons to former Hurricanes receiver Travis Benjamin, who is also undersized at 5-foot-10, but his galvanizing speed — 4.36 40-yard dash time — makes him hard to stop.
The 5-foot-11, 160-pounder looks bigger after putting on weight to his former 150-pound frame. He’s also an excellent return man, having returned four punts and a kickoff on special teams for touchdowns in 2019.
He only posted 10 return yards in Friday’s 21-28 loss, but had a 40-yard kick return called back to due to an illegal block in the back.
Curtis holds additional offers from Boston College, Georgia Southern and Western Kentucky, but could very well see his recruitment explode if he adds another pair of commanding performances.