Many four-star recruit Tackett Curtis focuses on important things — football, family

LaMar Gafford
Alexandria Town Talk

Football is an important thing in Many junior safety Tackett Curtis’ life.

Family is another.

Many (7-1, 4-0 3-2A) earned its seventh straight win Friday with a 50-13 victory over Menard (1-7, 1-3) as Curtis was one of the team’s leaders in tackles.

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Each week, Curtis gets to share his success with his uncle and Many coach Jess Curtis, as well as his cousin and strength and conditioning coach Jesse Curtis, who is also the powerlifting coach.

Many quarterback Tackett Curtis (4) runs through Menard defenders in a game held Friday, Oct. 22, 2021 at Holy Savior Menard High School.

“That’s what life’s about – having a good relationship with your family,” Tackett said. “I really enjoy being able to play for my uncle. There’s nobody else that I would want to play for. He tries to get the best out of me and that’s all I could ask for. Being able to do it, see it in action, winning state last year and hopefully making a run at it this year has been something special.”

Tackett is a four-star recruit according to 247Sports and is the No. 5 recruit in Louisiana for the 2023 class behind players such as Newman’s Arch Manning, Westgate's Derek Williams and Catholic-Baton Rouge's Shelton Sampson Jr.

Last season, Tackett led the Tigers to the Class 2A title and earned LSWA Class 2A Most Outstanding Defensive Player honors after recording 92 tackles and four interceptions.

Many 's Tackett Curtis during the game Friday evening at Messmer Stadium against Loyola.

“He’s a throwback that loves the game in its purest form,” Jess said. “He loves the contact and I’m just proud of what he’s been able to do playing both sides. That’s tough. He never comes off the field and I think he gets a shot of water every now and then on the kickoff team. I’m just real proud of him continuing his physicality and not letting his play drop off playing quarterback.”

His play has made him a hot commodity as 41 schools have offered him including the last three national champions – Alabama, LSU and Clemson.

While he is still taking his time and planning not to commit until the summer of 2022, Tackett visited 14 college campuses in June, including Michigan, Oklahoma and USC.

Making those visits with him were his family.

“It was a really special experience to take my whole family and have a tour around the U.S. of a bunch of different places I’ve never been before," said Tackett. "The schools we went to are all great schools and it’s been something I’ve been working for my whole life to do that with family.”

Many linebacker Tackett Curtis and his entourage on his trip to Wisconsin for a recruiting visit. Curtis visited 14 schools in June.

“We’re a tight-knit family,” Jess said. “Tackett’s my brother’s son and he’s like a son to me. Being able to go see these places and trying to find the right fit for him (is amazing). Tackett’s not worried about all the flash, he’s just looking for substance and a good fit, scheme and coaching staff. It’s been fun to be along with him and help him find his perfect fit.”

As for now, Tackett’s focus is to help the Tigers return to the championship game for the third straight year and earn their second straight title.

“There’s still a few things we can clean up going into next week and there’s always something we can get better at,” Tackett said.