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Northwestern and Iowa Very Interested in 2017 OT Curtis Blackwell


Curtis Blackwell, 2017 offensive tackle from Ossian, Ind. (Norwell) is a midwest recruit to know, specifically because of his potential.

Blackwell is 6-foot-5, 290 pounds and he’s currently a junior, keep in mind. That’s tremendous size for a junior lineman, and he has the frame to grow into that size and get even bigger as a senior and college recruit.

It shouldn’t be surprising to hear, then, that Blackwell has already received some collegiate interest at the MAC level. He currently has two offers, one from Toledo and a recent offer from Ball State.

Blackwell recently caught up with Today’s U to discuss his recruitment, a conversation that happened before the Ball State offer.

“I feel really good about some more offers coming soon in the next couple of months,” the 2017 recruit explained. “The season went well and I received first team All-Conference and two All-State awards.”

Blackwell also received a pretty prestigious invite.

“I got invited to the U.S. Army All-American Combine in Texas, and that’s where I will be going in a month or so,” he relayed. “I’m just really excited and blessed to have this opportunity because I feel that if I go down there and show out, then it will help me with the rankings and recruiting aspect.”

To Blackwell’s point, he’s currently unranked by both Rivals and 247Sports.com, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have the potential to eventually be a three or 4-star recruit. A good showing at the Army All-American Combine could be huge for the Norwell high school lineman.

As far as his Toledo offer is concerned, there is an interesting scenario worth noting that one would imagine should get resolved soon. Blackwell was offered by former coach Matt Campbell, who’s now the head coach at Iowa State. The Ossian lineman told Today’s U recently that he’s yet to hear from new Toledo head coach Jason Candle and his staff, though keep in mind that Candle was Campbell’s offensive coordinator, thus he’s probably already pretty familiar with Blackwell.

“I haven’t really talked to the new staff yet, but I hope to sometime maybe get over there this spring and meet all the new coaches,” Blackwell said.

Above, Blackwell mentioned feeling good about a few more offers coming his way, and he tells Today’s U that there are a number of schools on the radar for him in that regard. That list includes Indiana, Purdue, Northwestern, Iowa, Miami (OH) and Western Michigan.

At the time of this interview, Blackwell also said he felt good about the interest from Ball State and obviously that interest proved to be legitimate. He was offered by the Cardinals on Dec. 17.

Ball State had come to visit his school, but Western Michigan and Iowa both stopped by as well, according to the lineman. In fact, per Blackwell he’s been getting mail from Northwestern and Iowa, and he occasionally talks to the coaches at both of those schools.

“They are both just really interested in me and we are going to be in the recruiting process throughout the next year,” he explained.

You can watch Blackwell’s junior year highlights here.


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