Paint Branch WR Javonn Curry signs with James Madison

After waiting out a long and often quiet recruiting process, Paint Branch wide receiver Javonn Curry has signed with James Madison after taking an official visit to Harrisonburg last weekend.

The addition of Curry will complement the Dukes’ signing day class from February under new Coach Everett Withers. He will join several area players at the Football Championship Series school next fall, including Stone Bridge offensive lineman Richard Xu and Westfield running back Tyler Thrasher-Walker.

Paint Branch All-Met receiver Javonn Curry will be one of several area standouts to play at James Madison next fall. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post) Paint Branch All-Met receiver Javonn Curry will be one of several area standouts to play at James Madison next fall. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

“I’m very relieved now, that I found a great opportunity,” Curry said. “I love the coaches there. They have a great plan…and the football program is growing.”

Curry earned first-team All-Met honors after a captivating season in 2013, in which he caught 70 passes for 1,140 yards and 18 touchdowns — but he stayed relatively under the recruiting radar until James Madison entered the picture two months ago.

The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Curry will also be entering an offense he is familiar with, he said. James Madison, which finished 6-6 last season, averaged 407 yards per game last year, with 230 coming through the air. Under Withers, who was hired in December, Curry expects the offense to be equipped with spread elements that he was comfortable with at Paint Branch.

“It’s a lot like how Paint Branch’s offense was. Fast-paced, no-huddle type. So I really do feel like I’m going to fit in well with the type of offense,” Curry said.

Paint Branch held a “Signing Day II” earlier this week for Curry and four other senior players, including veteran center Chris Young, who signed late with West Virginia Wesleyan. For Curry, the signing brought closure to his high school football career, which at times was both difficult and rewarding.

“I just had to fight through it,” Curry said of the long recruiting process. “I guess my goal is to try and start, just learn the offense and have a great freshman year.”

Roman Stubbs covers the University of Maryland athletics for The Washington Post.

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