Tipton-Rosemark Academy baseball coach Brad Smith spent a lot of time the last couple of years telling college coaches that Blain Curtis, despite his diminutive size, was college material.
It turned out Smith was right. Curtis, who stands about 5-5, was joined by family, friends and coaches last week when he signed a baseball scholarship with Christian Brothers University.
“It's pretty relieving,” said Curtis. “I'm excited. I've put in a lot of hard work during the off season. My mom and day always pushed me, even when I didn't want to.”
“I've talked to recruiters and told them it doesn't matter how tall you are,” Smith said. “He knows how to get the barrel to the ball.”
Curtis certainly did plenty of that the last two seasons.
Battling lead off and playing centerfield, he batted .372 as a sophomore and .390 as a junior. Last year he scored a school record 45 runs in 33 games.
He also started as a freshman.
“He's one of those guys who's always been told how small he is,” Smith said. “But the ball does stuff off his bat it doesn't do for guys who are 6-3, 6-4.”
Smith said Curtis is the 16th TRA baseball player to play in college since he started as coach in 2006.