Top recruit transfers four times … to follow coaching father

Cameron Smith

Wide receiver C.J. Curry is one of the better wide receivers in the Class of 2012. He's committed to playing his college football at Georgia, not far from where he has starred for North Hall (Ga.) High in 2010.

Flowery Branch wide receiver C.J. Curry

Yet, to outsiders, Curry also bears some typical signs of a character risk in a recruit. In August, Curry will suit up for his fourth football team in four high school seasons, following single years at Greater Atlanta (Ga.) Christian School, Loganville (Ga.) High and North Hall (Ga.) High. Yet, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Curry's transfer to Flowery Branch (Ga.) High for his senior season has been inspired by his father's rapidly evolving coaching career.

In fact, all of Curry's transfers have been motivated by his father's relatively itinerant coaching career. For the first two years of his son's high school education, Felix Curry served as the head coach at Greater Atlanta Christian; C.J. Curry just decided to transfer to a public school for his sophomore year, and Loganville was the school closest to his home (his younger brother, defensive back Darius Curry, also began at Loganville during that 2009-10 school year).

While the elder Curry may have been somewhat concerned about how the constant flux would effect his sons, his case also highlights the ways in which the natural instability of a coach's career in the hypercompetitive world of high school football can force family transitions like those in other tumultuous industries like the military.

"I coach, and lot of times, coaching is like the military -- you're here one day and gone the next," Felix Curry told the Journal-Constitution. "Flowery Branch seemed to be a good fit for my family, so we jumped on it."

Luckily for the Curry family, C.J. is set on spending his collegiate future at Georgia, while his brother has received plenty of attention from a handful of SEC and ACC schools. All of that is a pretty clear indication that coaches haven't been scared off by multiple year-long stints at individual schools.

Then again, if there was any concern, it seems a safe bet that C.J. and Darius' coach could provide a pretty good reference for them, if asked.

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