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Talking With Paris Linebacker Ethan Curl Class Of 2024 - Name You Need To Watch


By: Peter "Coach Big Pete" Leinweber


So, in a way to better understand the use of Deep Dish Football for Illinois recruits and the whole entire IHSA Football scene. Decided to do player profiles of players who you might not know or you might know, but you should respect them for their roles on their respective teams. This is one of the many reasons why Deep Dish Football is respected in the IHSA. Every Football Player Has A Story To Tell


Ethan Curl Paris LB/ATH Class of 2024 6'1 210


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Ethan Curl, how was your sophomore season?


I feel like my sophomore season went pretty well. Our first couple of games did not end the way we wanted them to but we came together as a team and ended up making it to the sweet sixteen where we lost to a very good program. I started as our SAM linebacker, as a sophomore, and was the signal caller on the field. I learned a lot over the season as well as developed and grew as a player. I earned a few awards and accolades but I am looking to get a lot better over this offseason to prepare for next season. What does football mean to you?


Football means everything to me. I have played the game for most of my life and the brotherhood that it creates is a bond that cannot be broken. You trust the guy next to you to do his job and he trusts you to do yours. That kind of trust is what makes this game so great and that is why I came to love it so much. What was your favorite memory from last season?


My favorite memory from last season is probably when we won the first road playoff game in our school's history against Mt. Zion. It is a first that will be remembered for a long time, and it also gave us the opportunity to play Rochester in the second round of the playoffs at home, which is another good memory from last season.

What do you feel is your strongest trait on the football field?

My natural instincts. They take me to where I need to be without me even having to think about it. I am also very good at reading the linemen and having them take me to where the ball is going. Another one of my strengths is my ability to take on lead blockers and linemen. I can take them on, shed their blocks, and fill the hole and/or make the tackle.

What should college coaches know about you?


They should know that I am a smart player as well as a physical one. I understand route combinations and I will spend time studying film to be able to recognize a team's tendencies. In the physicality aspect, I am not afraid to hit anyone and play down with linemen who have the size advantage over me. I am also willing to work extremely hard to be successful. I will outwork anybody to be the best and there is no amount of work I will not do. What do you like about playing linebacker?

The thing I like most about playing linebacker is the contact. I love filling a gap and squaring up a running back in the hole. I also like how I call out our coverage, slants, and blitzes.

What part of your game do you plan on working on in the offseason?


I am working on my speed a lot this offseason. You can never be fast enough...as our strength and conditioning coach says, "speed kills." I am also working on mastering our defense so that I can be like a defensive coordinator on the field.

What goals do you have for yourself this upcoming season?


This season I want to make sure our defense is aligned correctly every snap and I want to know our defense well enough to be able to help any of my teammates if they do not know their responsibility. I also want to play more violently and faster. Another part of my game I want to be better at is in pass coverage, specifically walling off crossers

How does Paris look for the upcoming season?


We have a tough schedule ahead for the 2022 season, with 2 teams scheduled that were in the 3A quarterfinals last year. However, we have a solid core of returners, particularly on our offensive and defensive line. In 2022, we are going to be a tough, hard-nose team that is going to compete for a conference championship and is looking to make a deeper run into the state playoffs. We are not going to look past anyone or take any game for granted, but as a team we are going to be focused on winning the week or going, as our head coach says, "1-0 on the week".





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