J'Vontez Blackmon is healthy and ready to go

Spring is usually a time for JUCO football prospects to get in front of recruiters, hoping to impress enough to earn a scholarship offer. That wasn't the case for Hinds S J'Vontez Blackmon (6-0, 187) due to a medical issue he has since had resolved and he told JCFootball.com recently that he's back to 100% and ready to show four-year coaches what he can do this fall...

"This winter, the doctors told me they found I had an enlarged heart," Blackmon told JCFootball.com. "I had to have open-heart surgery and get things all fixed up by the doctors. They went right through my sternum and they said they had to go in and reverse some veins in there.

"I wasn't worried, but my family and friends were. I did some reading up on what they were going to do and felt comfortable with things once I read about it.

"Everyone else was worried, but I wasn't and now I've been back working out for over a month and I'm getting my strength back and I've been running and all that, so I'm ready to go."

Due to missing the spring, Blackmon hasn't from many schools, although his coaches have let him know that four-year coaches have been asking about him.

"My coaches said a lot of schools were talking about me and liked what I could do," Blackmon noted. "I personally have only talked to one school -- Louisiana Tech -- but not really anyone else.

"My coaches said with a good summer and if I start off strong, offers will start coming in and that's really what I'm focused on now.

"I want to get in the best shape I can be in and show them what I can really do out there."

As a freshman last fall, Blackmon started every game for the Eagles at strong safety and totaled 70 tackles and 20 passes defensed. While those are solid numbers, he said he wants to be even more impactful in 2011.

"I didn't have any picks, so that's something I want to work on," Blackmon said. "I need to make more of those so that we can get the ball back in our offense's hands and that way we can take the will of the other team.

"I'm just working on everything this fall. I'm working on my strength, my conditioning, my speed, everything.

"I'm a sure-tackler, that's what I do best. I read plays well and I get there quickly and make the tackle, but I can always get better and do all the little things right."

Blackmon will finish up his two-year degree in December and he will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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