Ossain, Indiana offensive lineman, Curtis Blackwell has been a top target for the Toledo Rockets since winter of last year and it has begun to pay off. Toledo offered Blackwell in January of 2015 under the old coaching staff in which current head coach, Jason Candle is now a part of. Candle and his staff, including offensive line coach, Mike Hallett have been recruiting Blackwell extremely hard over the past few months since his hiring.
"Coach Candle is a straight-forward guy and likes to tell you how it is," he added about the Rockets' head man, "The coaching staff is great, they always keep me in touch with everything and they are very passionate about what they're doing. Overall, they're just great men," Blackwell added.
Aside from Candle, first-year offensive line coach, Mike Hallett is also making a difference within the Rockets' recruiting efforts.
"Coach Hallett is a very nice person and easy to talk to, he knows how to coach offensive linemen. He says he thinks I would have a chance to play pretty early on in my career," Blackwell added about Hallett.
Blackwell has recently added an offer from Northern Illinois, and the Huskies have been climbing his list as well.
"Right now, Toledo ranks in the top four with Ball State, Bowling Green and Northern Illinois," Blackwell told us. "It's really the academics and then the coaching staff and basically just how I feel about the school as a total of football and the actual college."
When it comes to his college decision, academics will play a major factor, especially with their construction management majors, which Blackwell wants to study in the future.
As for this summer, Blackwell has yet to make any trips to campuses but he does plan to in the weeks to come.
"I plan on taking a visit to Ball State and Bowling Green for sure and maybe a few others as well," he stated.
For right now, there is not a time-frame in mind for a commitment from Blackwell but he says whichever team lands his commitment will get someone who works hard on and off the field.
"On the field, I'm a team player and I just go out there and do my assignment. Off the field, I like hanging out with people and just working hard at all that I do."
Toledo Scout will keep you posted on Blackwell's recruitment.