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Federal Way’s Keenan Curran signs with Air Force Academy

Keenan Curran, a safety and quarterback at Federal Way High School, said he was thinking of his longterm future when he chose to attend Air Force.

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National Signing Day allows recruits to dream big as they sign their names to letters of intent to play football in college. For Keenan Curran, those dreams include something more than football.

It is a chance to think of his future after his playing days are over.

“For me, I’ve always thought, what am I going to fall back on?” said Curran, a Federal Way High School quarterback and safety who signed with the Air Force Academy on Wednesday. “What kind of education am I going to get, what kind of job is going to be available to me and what kind of opportunities are going to be available to me if I don’t make it or after I’m done in the NFL.”

A three-star safety who might compete for a spot as a quarterback, Curran originally committed to San Jose State. He changed his mind after honoring a previous plan to visit Air Force in late January. He almost didn’t even take the recruiting trip. It took some prodding from his grandmother, who pointed out that it was a rare opportunity. Once Curran landed in Colorado, he loved everything he saw, from the scenery to the academy in Colorado Springs.

Curran said he wasn’t concerned with uniform combinations, what position he was going to play or how good the team was that was recruiting him. The important attributes in a college for Curran were education and the opportunities it gave him after his football career.

Curran plans to study civil engineering and said he believes it is a career path that will be useful whether he is completing his minimum two-year commitment in the armed forces or in life after the Air Force.

“I look at 10 years down the road, I’m not going to graduate from college and have to go home to my mom and say, ‘Hey mom, do you have some spare cash?’ or ‘Hey mom, do you have an extra room?’ or ‘Hey mom, can I use the car you let me use in high school?’” Curran said. “I’m going to be set. ... I’m not going to have to ask my mom for anything. That was big for me because growing up I didn’t have much.”

Defensive lineman Griffin chooses Arizona

Marcus Griffin was the highest profile player in the state to remain uncommitted Wednesday morning. In a ceremony at Bellevue High School, the defensive lineman finally announced his decision, signing with Arizona.

A four-star recruit, according to, Griffin was also considering Mississippi State and California, among others, with the Bulldogs finishing a close second to the Wildcats.

“I’d say the track record with coach,” Griffin said of what pushed Arizona to the top. “Coach (Rich Rodriguez) has done great things wherever he’s been. He didn’t do great at Michigan because it wasn’t the right fit for him. ... (Arizona) is the right place.”

The 6-foot-3, 292-pound lineman is not planning on redshirting and said he expects to compete for playing time right away.

“It’s a dream. It’s just like when I made All-American. It’s a dream, it’s a blessing. Every kid dreams of this day and I’m that 2 percent that gets to go live out his dream and play at the next level and get his education paid for.”


• Mount Si quarterback Nick Mitchell stuck to his commitment to Oregon State. Mitchell had given a verbal commitment in April to join his older brother, Josh, as a Beaver. The 6-foot-2, 175-pounder is the top quarterback in Washington in the 2014 class.

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