Michigan State is adding even more expertise to an already outstanding football staff.
The program announced on Friday it has hired former Detroit Lions Vice President of Pro Personnel, Sheldon White, as a program consultant.
White has spent the past 19 seasons with the Lions and was most recently the team’s interim general manager during the 2015 season. His son, Cody White, is currently a Michigan State commit.
“We’re extremely excited about the addition of Sheldon to our program,” coach Mark Dantonio said in a statement. “He has a vast amount of experience at the highest level of football. We can’t wait to work with him and gain insight from his knowledge and expertise, while at the same time introducing him to our players and coaches. I think Sheldon will provide a great benefit to our program.”
Sheldon White played six seasons in the NFL as a defensive back with the New York Giants, Lions and Cincinnati Bengals. Following his retirement, he joined the Lions in 1997 as a scout before becoming Director of Pro Personnel in 2000. He was eventually promoted to Vice President of Pro Personnel in 2009.
He said his relationship with Dantonio has grown through the years.
“From the other perspective, whatever Coach Dantonio needs me to do, I’m all in with him and his entire staff,” White said. “Michigan State has a great program and I’m looking forward to joining in and giving whatever insight I can provide. Anywhere I can help out and wherever Coach Dantonio needs me to go, that’s where I’ll be.”
Cody White is a 3-star wide receiver from Walled Lake, Mich. He is rated as the No. 71 receiver nationally in the Class of 2017 and the No. 13 prospect in the state of Michigan. He committed to Michigan in March and with his dad on board likely won’t be changing his mind anytime soon.
This is an important hiring for Michigan State in terms of NFL development. The program can now boast about having an experienced and respected NFL personnel executive helping players develop into ideal professional prospects. It should be an important lure for any recruits with NFL aspirations.