The Spartans added a new member to the staff Friday night in what has long been expected.
Curtis Blackwell joining the staff at Michigan State was confirmed in a press release and his official title will be "college advancement and performance camp/director."
"First and foremost, we appreciate the administration's support for establishing this critical position," head coach Mark Dantonio said in a statement. "Curtis Blackwell brings a wealth of contacts to this position through his work with the state's high school coaches association, national 7-on-7 camps, youth football programs as well as his work as a camp director.
"In this day and age of accelerated recruiting, those relationships can only benefit Michigan State. He also gained valuable experience interning with the NCAA. Curtis has demonstrated his innovation in creating the ‘Sound Mind, Sound Body' camps. He pays great attention to detail while possessing outstanding interpersonal and communication skills.
"In his new role, Curtis can make a significant impact, not only on our current players but future Spartans as well. We're truly excited about him joining our Michigan State football staff."
Blackwell will have a variety of responsibilities at Michigan State, from mentoring current students, to strategic recruiting planning to the use of social media.
The focus is clear: Blackwell is at MSU to be a "recruiting coordinator." He will be in charge of organizing all official and unofficial visits, according the press release. He also will be in charge of the summer camps at Michigan State.
Blackwell founded the Lifting As We Climb Foundation, which also has led to the Sound Mind, Sound Body camp, which attracts high school talent from around the nation and puts them in front of college coaches.
"After running the ‘Sound Mind, Sound Body' and Maximum Exposure Travel football programs at the grassroots level for nine years, I felt like the time was right for me to make an impact on young people at the collegiate level," Blackwell said in a statement. "These programs will continue to make an impact and are now self-sustaining with major sponsorships, a national reputation, and solid staff to administer and manage the day-to-day operations without me as I continue to grow professionally in East Lansing. I'm excited about this opportunity to help improve the life of young people on a higher level. Michigan State is a great program – it's not every day you get to work with a staff like this.
"One of the biggest things for me on why I was excited about this position was the way that Michigan State has developed and assessed talent," Blackwell continued. "I can learn a lot from working with a staff that is real thorough in their evaluation of high school prospects. Coach Dantonio is honest, loyal and easy to relate to, which can be hard to find in this day and age of coaches."
Blackwell is a graduate of Martin Luther King High School in Detroit and attended Hampton University, where he was a four-year letter winner.