Former Joplin standout Alex Curry to transfer to MSSU

Former Joplin All-State OL Alex Curry will join the MSSU football program next season.

JOPLIN, Mo. – Former Joplin High School football standout, Alex Curry, has decided to return home to continue his college football career. Curry is committed to play for Atiba Bradley and the Missouri Southern Lions next season.

“I wanted to go to Southern really bad,” Curry says. “A couple other schools hit me up. I had a couple DI schools hit me up. It was too far from home. I think Southern is going to have a pretty explosive offense this year. Atiba and coach Rahl sounded really happy about the upcoming fall, so I’m going to keep my trust in those two because they’re great coaches. We’re going to get after it.”

Coming out of high school, Curry signed to division I Southeast Missouri State. He spent last fall (2021) at SEMO, but did not use a year of eligibility. He comes to Southern with four years of eligibility remaining.

“Southern has a really good quarterback,” Curry says. “They have a good running back. They’re building on the offensive line, and I feel like I can be the extra part to help push the run game because that’s what they preach is the run game. I can be a big, physical body up front. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Curry’s top priority, right now, is in the weight room.

“I have a lot of weight room goals,” Curry says. “I want to get better in the weight room and become stronger. I really struggled in the weight room at SEMO. I had a couple injuries that ended up plaguing me during spring ball. I think coming into the fall, I’ll be back to 100 percent. I have a bunch of people around me to help me get to where I want to be. Physically, I’ll be a much better player than I was.”

Before Southeast Missouri State, Curry was a monster for Joplin High School. He was a 2x 1st team all-state selection as an offensive lineman and helped the Eagles finish as the Missouri class 6 state runner-up as a junior in 2019. Curry will reunite with a handful of high school teammates at Southern.

“I really liked Missouri Southern just because I have a bunch of people that go there,” Curry says. “I know a lot of people there and I really just wanted to play for something that was more than me. I think it’ll be great. Me and Nathan Glades get to team up again. Go out on the offensive side of the ball. I always wanted to play with Glades and Simmons. We played with each other when we were kids. Third through 12th grade. I really enjoy playing with those guys. They’re good teammates, good bodies and hopefully we can do something great and bring back the winning tradition to Southern.”