Former Pittsburg standout Chase Curtis switching sports, committing to TCU football

Chase Curtis has played baseball the last two years at Neosho County Community College.
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PITTSBURG, Kan. – Former Pittsburg High School standout Chase Curtis is switching sports.

Curtis has committed to play football at TCU next season. Curtis has played baseball the last two years at Neosho County Community College in Chanute, Kansas.

“Yeah I’m going to be a little nervous,” Curtis says of making the jump to Division I football, “I feel like I’ll be able to adjust pretty quickly. Hopefully I can get in there, meet the guys and get going and I’ll get adjusted to it as soon as possible.”

The last time he put on the helmet was his senior year at Pittsburg High School. Curtis was an All-State selection for the Purple Dragons, leading them to an appearance in the Class 5A state quarterfinals. In eleven games that year, Curtis threw for 1,312 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also rushed for 215 yards and 9 more scores. That followed a junior season in which he threw for 1,157 yards and 9 touchdowns, adding 166 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground.

Curtis committed to play baseball at Neosho County following his senior year at PHS. His sophomore season got cut short this spring due to COVID-19, but in 16 games he hit for a .256 average with 4 doubles, 1 triple and 11 RBI.

“When I left high school, I wasn’t ready to be done playing baseball,” Curtis adds.

While he was considering football straight out of high school, another reason he chose baseball was because he didn’t feel he was physically prepared for the physicality of the college football game.

Curtis says he was about 6’4″ and 178 pounds when he finished high school, but he’s now almost 6’6″ and around 211 pounds.

“I was really skinny when I left high school,” Curtis says, “Getting hit by big guys probably wasn’t going to end well. That’s another reason baseball was my choice. Now I feel confident that I can go out there and play without getting hurt.”

While Curtis says the physical aspect is there for him to play football at the college level, he has spent a lot of time recently getting prepared mentally to make the jump from college baseball to college football.

“My dad used to be a football coach, and he’s been helping me get back into the mental side of football, reading defenses and recognizing things,” Curtis finishes, “My whole life he’s always helped me get a step ahead mentally. We’ve spent a lot of time at night talking about football. I know it will help me be mentally ahead of the game while I adjust physically. I’ll be ready.”