Posted: 11:30 am Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Dwyer’s Curt Maggitt is ‘wide open,’ but at least four schools are in the mix 

By Matt Porter

Curt Maggitt, Dwyer’s senior defensive end, has not named a favorite among the several BCS schools chasing him, but says he’s undeterred by Florida’s (4-3, 2-3 SEC) underwhelming record and absence from the national title picture and Top 25.

Maggitt (left) is one of Dwyers emotional leaders. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

Maggitt (left) is one of Dwyer's emotional leaders. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

“I know have good coaches,” Maggitt said. “I think they’re having trouble finding chemistry. There’s a lot of things different and new there. I think they just have to come together and I think they will eventually.”

Maggitt wanted to clear up one thing — some reports named Florida as his favorite. Maggitt says that’s inaccurate. “I’m wide open right now,” he said.

Maggitt has had the most contact with, in no particular order, Alabama, Florida, LSU and Wisconsin. He has two official visits remaining, and he’s keeping those dates open.

“I was looking at Georgia,” he said. “I’m not really sure what’s going on with them yet. I’m still wide open. I haven’t set my last two visits yet. I’m still trying to see what school I’m going to take a visit to.”

He visited Wisconsin last weekend with Dwyer teammates Nick O’Leary and Jacoby Brissett. He happened to see one of the most exciting Badgers games in recent memory: No. 18 Wisconsin’s 31-18 upset of then-No. 1 Ohio State, after which Wisconsin fans stormed the field.

“It was a lot of fun,” said Maggitt, who also visited the school over the summer. “It was a lot different than Palm Beach, what I’m used to. A lot different, city-wise. And the atmosphere at the game was unbelievable. The coaches and players, they were welcoming. It was fun.”

A plus in Wisconsin’s favor: Maggitt’s brother, Roosevelt, is a redshirt sophomore defensive end at Iowa State.

“I don’t get to see my brother as much as I would like to. If I could play close to him, that would be good. I think Wisconsin’s a four-hour drive. I’d like that a lot. I could go up on weekends, and he could visit me. It’d make things better. I don’t see him enough, at all.”

Next up for Maggitt: a visit to LSU, with Brissett and O’Leary, for the Tigers’ Nov. 6 game against Alabama.

“They’ve got a great program. Great history, great tradition,” Maggitt said. “I think I fit in good with the scheme, from what I was told. I want to learn more about the coaches and the players and the city. See how it is and see how I fit. Hopefully it’ll be a good experience.”

Some recruits make their decision based on the players in front of them, but not Maggitt. “I’m not really worried about that stuff,” he said. “Wherever I go, I’m going to work hard to make the most of the opportunity I have.”

Maggitt does have a good idea of where he’ll fit at a few of the schools on his radar.

At Dwyer, Maggitt plays defensive end and lines up at tight end, where he has 7 catches for 96 yards. As a quick-moving 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, he projects as a hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end.

“It depends on the scheme,” Maggitt said. “For example, at Wisconsin, I’d have my hand down. I’d have my hand in the dirt, but I can drop back into zone blitz. At Florida, I’d play outside linebacker, Alabama I’d play linebacker, LSU I’d have my hand in the dirt, and drop into zone at times.”