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Welcome to the U, Malik Curtis

Miami adds a talented offensive playmaker to the 2021 recruiting class

State of the U Illustration by Mike Meredith

Last Saturday afternoon, the Miami Hurricanes added a speedy athlete to the 2021 recruiting class when Ft. Myers (FL) Bishop Verot 3-star ATH Malik Curtis committed to the Canes.

A dynamic speedster, Curtis could find a home on either side of the ball, but has been recruited to Miami as a cornerback. Curtis detailed to Andrew Ivins of 247sports that Miami’s coaches have also stated that Curtis could find time with the ball in his hands on punt and/or kickoff returns.

At 5’11” 160lbs, Curtis isn’t the biggest player around. But, he has ELITE speed — Curtis claims to have clocked a 4.48 in the 40 earlier this offseason — and that will play anywhere, at any size.

Like many FBS recruits, Curtis pulled double duty for Bishop Verot in 2019. He amassed nearly 700 yards and 8 TDs on offense, while adding 15 tackles and 3 INTs on defense. Where Curtis was really special, however, was on special teams, where he had 4 return TDs as a junior, after having had 2 return TDs as a sophomore in 2018.

Currently ranked as a 3-star prospect, Curtis picked Miami over offers from Boston College, Georgia Southern, and Western Kentucky. He was the 12th player to commit to Miami, picking The U just a day before now-4-star rated OL Ryan Rodriguez committed to the hometown Canes. Curtis is 2nd CB prospect to commit to Miami, joining Miami (FL) Northwestern 3-star Tim Burns — Former Hurricane and 1st round NFL Draft Pick Artie’s younger brother — at this position in this class.

For a better look at the player Miami is added in Curtis, check out the HUDL highlights below:

Welcome to the U, Malik!