New Michigan State staff member Curtis Blackwell spent a lot of time working with a football program called MaxEx in recent years.
That work helped bring many recruits to campus Wednesday, including Southfield athlete Ray Buford.
Buford said he and Blackwell have a really good relationship.
"I talked with him a lot and he gives me a lot of advice on things that I can do to get better," Buford said. "As far as on the field and off the field. So, I have a pretty good relationship with him."
He also said Blackwell is a "really big draw" to Michigan State. He also said the visit Wednesday was really good.
"I loved it up there," Buford said. "(The best part) was probably getting a tour. I loved it. I just love Michigan State – it was nice up there."
"I got to talk to the coaches a little more and get a feel of what they wanted from me and how they thought of me," he said. "So, I got a little bit more knowledge of Michigan State like that."
The main thing he took away was the coaches at MSU switched the position at which they are recruiting him for.
"Originally, they recruited me as a receiver, but now they want to see me more as a defensive back," Buford. "They just told me I have to get a little bit more film on the defensive side and they will get back with me."
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound junior said he is fine with playing defense, but it will take some adjusting.
"I am just trying to get used to it," he said. "I have been playing receiver all my life, but I am starting to see that the defensive side is where the money is."
Buford said he plans to come up to East Lansing for a game and is thinking it will be the second game, in which MSU plays South Florida.
He also is hearing from Michigan, Ohio State and most of the Big Ten.