Apopka's mighty mite Jevric Blocker taking talent to Benedict College

The path to college football wasn't exactly an easy route for Jevric Blocker.

He's had to overcome obstacles all along the way, but the star weapon from this past season's Florida Class 8A state champion Apopka Blue Darters has finally found his home at the next level.

Blocker, the the 5-foot-4, 142-pound running back — in pads we assume — has signed to play at Benedict College, an historically black liberal arts college in Columbia, S.C. The Tigers compete at the NCAA Division II level.

"This is a big stress relief," Blocker said of finally making his college choice. "We went and visited and I did a lot of research on the head coach [James Woody] and the academics. I plan to major in business and they had all of the intangibles for me to be successful."

Blocker was the fourth-leading rusher among Central Florida running backs this past season, running for 1,704 yards. He also scored 27 touchdowns and played a vital role in the Darters run to the state crown.

His size, however, became his drawback when it came to looking for a college.

"I really tried not to think about it. I just worked hard and gave all the glory to God and just hoped and believed and prayed every night that my dream would come true, and eventually it did," Blocker said.

Being able to band together with a group of guys he will never forget helped deflect any thoughts about what might have been if he were just a little bit bigger.

"It was a thrill. Just being able to bond with my teammates and coaches and being able to have that quality time and working hard and knowing that I always had a brother to protect my back was a great experience that I wouldn't trade for anything," Blocker said.

Not even a couple more inches in height.

"The college coaches knew that I could play ball and it was up to them to make the choice of whether they wanted me or not," Blocker said.

And finally, Benedict College put out the welcome mat. 

 

Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at chays@tribune.com. Follow us on Twitter at @Os_Recruiting and Facebook at Orlando Sentinel Recruiting and now on Pinterest at Orlando Recruiting.

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