Caden Curry proving a point in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO — For the past two years, Caden Curry found himself atop the wish list for the Ohio State coaching staff. The 6-foot-3, 245-pound prospect might not have the prototype measurables, but three highly productive seasons at Indianapolis area powerhouse Center Grove High School combined with a winning pedigree and elite leadership attributes made Curry one of the more coveted defensive linemen in the 2022 class.

But the rankings haven’t always necessarily aligned with Curry’s status as a national recruit, the type of recruit that brings Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, and Ohio State to the table. The All-American Bowl in San Antonio is a gathering place for these types of prospects and while some may take this as a laid back way to end their high school careers, Curry is coming in with a chip on his shoulder.

“Me and my coach talked about it before I came down here,” Curry told on Friday afternoon. “We knew that I had to play with a chip on my shoulder because I’ve been looked down on a little bit during my recruiting (process). I feel like I took that to heart and definitely came out here and performed.”

Curry has given opposing offensive linemen all they can handle this week in San Antonio lining up on both sides at defensive end as well as taking some reps inside. Curry’s role at Ohio State will be interesting to follow because of his versatility and because of the arrival of new defensive coordinator Jim Knowles who will likely be bringing some different concepts to Columbus. Curry and Knowles have already had a chance to connect.

“We’ve talked on the phone a few times,” Curry explained. “He definitely seems like a great coach and a great fit for that defense. I think he’ll definitely bring some great things to Ohio State.”

Those discussions have mostly revolved around relationship building. Talks of Curry’s role in the defense will come later. With his versatility, it may depend on what else the Buckeyes bring in around him. Ohio State is hoping to get good news from highly touted defensive tackle Hero Kanu this weekend and the Buckeyes are still chasing Georgia star Christen Miller. Curry has spent some time this week, and previously, trying to recruit those two to Columbus with him.

“I’ve definitely talked to both of them as much as I could,” Curry explained. “I’ve just told them that the best place to play is at Ohio State, it doesn’t get any better. So I think they got that in their mind and they’ll make the right decision.”

Curry will bring a championship pedigree to Ohio State having won back-to-back state championships at Center Grove High School his junior and senior years.