Wolfpack Grab Another: #7 David Curtiss Verbally Commits to NC State (2021)

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Courtesy: David Curtiss

The NC State Wolfpack men’s team has had about as good of a 72-hour recruiting period as any team in the history of collegiate swimming. The latest swimmer in the class of 2021 (current juniors) to verbally commit is David Curtiss, who is ranked 7th in our class of 2021 high school rankings.

“I am very excited to announce my commitment to further my academic and athletic career at NC State University! I would like to thank my coaches, family and friends for helping me reach such an accomplishment. Go PACK! #wolfpack”

After #2 Aiden Hayes, #9 Garrett Boone, and #12 Sam Hoover also committed, Curtiss is the 4th swimmer in the top 12 to commit this week.

Curtiss is the 2nd-best sprint freestyler in the class, behind only uncommitted #1 Anthony Grimm (whose primary stroke isn’t actually freestyle). Curtiss will have some work to do to develop a 3rd event at the collegiate level that is up-to-par with his 50 freestyle time, though he’s versatile enough at 100 yards and less that he’s got some options on which direction to go.

Curtiss’ best times in Yards:

  • 50 free – 19.70
  • 100 free – 44.08
  • 100 back – 49.41
  • 100 breast – 59.55
  • 100 fly – 50.10
  • 200 IM – 1:57.10

In long course, Curtiss is one of the fastest 18 & unders in US history – he was only the 3rd 17-18 year old American ever to go sub-22 seconds in the 50 free, swimming a 21.95 in the semi-finals at the World Junior Championships ahead of a 22.14 in finals the next day for a silver medal. That time earned him a spot on the USA Swimming National Team (senior, not junior).

Curtis swims at the Hamilton Area YMCA in Hamilton, New Jersey and for the Pennington School. As a sophomore last season, he was the Easterns champion in the 50 and 100 yard frees, and scored runner-up finishes in the same events at the YMCA National Championships. A year prior, as just a freshman, he won the YMCA National title in the 50 free, swimming 19.75 at just 15-years old.

Keeping in mind that this class is made up of only high school juniors, it already includes a pair of swimmers who go 19.7 in the 50 free (Hayes and Curtiss), a 20.2 (Garrett Boone), and a 20.3 (Sam Hoover). While NC State has expanded to success in essentially every event and distance, the revival of the program over the last decade began with sprint success, and this group fits well within that wheelhouse.

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1 year ago

Congrats to David, his family and his coaches! HUGE week for the Pack!

Reply to  NCSwimFan
1 year ago

Are they up to 5 guys in the ’21 class already?!?! Yowzers!

1 year ago

Wow. This is a huge get. I love Curtisses’ freestyle. Smooth long strokes and huge kick. He’ll be 18 low in four years. Go Pack!

Reply to  Snarky
1 year ago


1 year ago

NC State is totally overpowered!

1 year ago

WOW this is a historic class

1 year ago

Guntoro is smiling big tonight. 5 guys 20.5 or faster?

1 year ago

His 200 IM will be getting a whole lot faster than a 1:57 with those other best times listed…

1 year ago

To those of you who have followed college swimming recruiting for awhile, is this type of class common with 5 in the TOO EARLY Top 20?

Or does it just seem impressive due to all the recruits committing within a few hours of one another?

It seems like a big class, given the quality and the 9.9 limit, but maybe the spacing was unique for this class?

Anyway, congrats to David Curtiss, NC State, and Coach Holloway!

Reply to  CuriousBystander
1 year ago

This is (already) one of the fastest, if not THE fastest, recruiting classes the sport has ever seen. It is certainly impressive that they’re all within such a short timeframe, but my hunch is that this was very deliberate by the coaching staff – after all, has a swimmer ever announced their commitment on Instagram live, let alone 2 in 24 hours that are committing to the same school? If this is the case, power to State who are pure geniuses on the marketing side of this, but if somehow it wasn’t intentional, they’re clearly doing something right down there so again, kudos to them.

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Reply to  Daddy
1 year ago

That’s just bound to happen as the classes and swimmers are getting faster and faster at an early age. If you had the #1-#5 recruits from 20 years ago, they would not be as fast as the #20-24 recruits in this class.

With that said, this is a beyond impressive class and I just wonder where the scholarship money is coming from at this point… they must be freeing up a lot in the next 2 years.

Reply to  CuriousBystander
1 year ago

i’ve learned these programs are giving in the range of .1 to .5 scholarships. Even for this level swimmer. Michigan does that for sure.

Reply to  Meeeeee
1 year ago

Which is why getting in-state recruits is so helpful

1 year ago

Wow. The pack are on fire. Let’s see if Cal / UT respond…

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