MSU recruiting: Curtis Blackwell interview
September 2, 2013
By Ryan McCumber
Curtis Blackwell. When you say that name to football recruits around the state of Michigan, their eyes immediately open up. Blackwell, who used to run the “Sound Mind Sound Body” camps, that were ran in the United States Midwest region, took a position at Michigan State as MSU’s Director of College Advancement and Performance/Camp Director. Blackwell is hoping to use connections with recruits that he has had for years to get top flight players to come to East Lansing. Blackwell has already used some of those connections on players in the Detroit area, such as MSU commit Jayru Campbell who is the quarterback at Cass Tech High. He is one of many top flight recruits Michigan State and Blackwell hope to get.
Michigan State has always had issues with recruiting; sharing a state with Michigan is not an easy thing. Michigan seems to be the preferable first choice to most recruits in the state, but Coach Blackwell disagrees. He stated that it all depends on the connections you have with people at either MSU of UM. Blackwell’s point being that Lawrence Thomas, Jon Reschke, and William Gholston never took official visits to UM, and had MSU as their number one choice the whole time. Some players who never had thought about MSU now have relationships to consider at MSU with Blackwell now in the fold there. Now, Michigan State has a good shot at landing top prospects they most likely would not have landed before.
Every college football team has specific places in the country they want to recruit with vigor. When asked about where Michigan State has been targeting players specifically, he said Detroit is the number one priority, and Grand Rapids, Flint, Saginaw, Traverse City, Toledo, the whole state of Ohio, and even Pennsylvania are places that MSU would like to have as a pipeline to East Lansing. Something that would draw even more recruits from around the country to Michigan State
When someone wants a new challenge, they look to take things to the next level. That’s what Blackwell wanted. He said he felt like his camps had reached a point where they had taken off enough that he was ready to move on to something new and big. He felt like Michigan State would be the new challenge. He wants to bring a dream team to East Lansing. Brian Cole, Jayru Campbell, Joshua Alabi, John Kelly, and Michael Weber are now seemingly considering Michigan State much more due to the Blackwell hiring. That would definitely be a dream team.
Blackwell has made a very big impact on Michigan State and its recruiting. His connections with recruits are making a very big difference and give the recruits connections to Michigan State that they didn’t have before. Damon Webb Sr., Damon Webb’s father, who is an Ohio State commit, said that Michigan State was second on Webb’s list even without Blackwell. Blackwell could have made the difference in getting Webb. In college football’s recruiting world, it’s about connections, and Blackwell has them, trying to lure big fish to East Lansing that Michigan State had trouble catching before.