OPC: Team West Varsity OL Curtis prepares to get job done

The countdown begins to CanadaFootballChat.com Ontario Prospect Challenge on the May 1st weekend.  In the days leading up to OPC, CFC will preview the teams, coaches and players participating in the big event.

Grant Curtis is relentless.

“I put in work on and off the field,” explained the 6’4, 322 pound offensive lineman.  “I do what needs to be done to succeed.”

During his time with both the South London Lions of the Thames Valley Region Athletic Association (TVRAA) and Forest City Thunderbirds of the Ontario Football Conference (OFC), he has demonstrated how his size is an asset.

“I’m basically built to protect, yet I wouldn’t change positions if I had the chance,” said Curtis.  “I like playing offensive line the most when the running back scores a touchdown and I get the feeling that I’m useful and that I did what I was meant to do.”

While he stays true to himself, he does draw inspiration from his peers.

“I like to look up to offensive lines in the CIS because I feel like that’s where I could be in a year and a half,” commented the Ontario standout.  “I don’t exactly model my game after any of them.”

“I simply do what I need to do.”

This weekend, Curtis will be participating at the Ontario Prospect Challenge (OPC) as a member of Team West’s varsity squad.

“One of my friends who played last year had told me to come and try out,” recalled the offensive lineman of his introduction to OPC.  “I felt like it would be a good experience for me to gain football knowledge and to learn new skills.”

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The one thing he has savoured is the chance to be instructed by an elite coaching staff.

“I’ve been coached by some great coaches and learned new skills,” reflected Curtis.  “I enjoyed meeting new players and friends along the way and I feel that the game will be a great experience for me.”

“Working with the coaches has been great for me because I feel like I’m easy to coach.  The coaches are great at what they do and they know what is best for their players.”

With the magnitude of this game, Curtis will do what makes him comfortable when it comes to handling the pressure.

“I like to get into my own personal zone before playing a game,” offered the Team West offensive lineman.  “Before playing a game, I like to go over all my blocks and steps in my head as well as listen to some pump up music.”

As Curtis’ future aspiration is to play at the CIS level, the OPC provides the Class 2016 offensive lineman an opportunity to showcase his abilities towards recruiters.   While he has been in touch with a couple of schools, he hopes that will change.

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Ultimately, he can’t wait to size up his competition.

“The thing I look forward to most about is having the opportunity to compete against some of the best players in their area, and everyone gets to showcase their talent,” added Curtis.  “I am most excited to compete with players that I normally would have played against in the summer.”

“They are all amazing athletes and it’s great to see them out there.”

As for the game itself, the Team West offensive lineman wants to help put the team in the best position possible to win their game against their opponents, Team Halton-Peel.

“I want to complete my assignments, work hard and get pancakes,” expressed Curtis.  “As a team, I feel like we would all want to be the best players we can be on the field and ultimately win the game.”

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