So why have we not heard much from this talented
youngster this summer?
"I lost my phone right when the summer started,"
stated Ramon Blakeney. "I really did not have anymore money to get another
one, so I have been just using my mother's cell since. I just got back my phone
last week. A lot of people have lost communication with me, but I'm back (laugh)."
has the 6' 3", 215 pound linebacker been doing this summer?
have been working out religiously, just getting ready for the season."
strength numbers have increased during this time frame.
"I was benching
around 235 at the end of the season. We tested on our first day back last week.
I was getting 325 up three times, so I feel a lot stronger in my upper body. My
power clean, I tested 450 and I was at 335 at the end of the season. I am like
night and day ahead of where I was at the end of my junior year."
Ramon had a chance to attend any football camps this summer?
sir, I went to USM's mini-camp and the 7 on 7 Steve McNair camp."
his game improve from the added experience?
"I feel like I learned
a lot. I am really getting to know the keys to the plays. I am trying to get to
that college level."
Speaking of colleges, which ones are staying
in constant contact with Ramon?
"All of them are writing letters and
texting. Well, they can not text us anymore. They had to quit those on Monday."
does Ramon feel about the new rule which states that colleges can no longer text
"I hate it. It is going to be really hard for them to
keep in touch with me. They will have to write me, and I will have to call them.
I do not know. I just think it is a stupid rule for us and them. How are we suppose
to get to really know the coaches if we can not be in constant contact with them.
We only get to meet them in person a couple of times, so it gives me a good opportunity
to get to know the coaches when we text back and forth. I am glad I at least had
a chance to get to know all of the coaches who are recruiting me. I feel sorry
for the next group of guys who come through. You are signing with a school that
you are suppose to feel the most comfortable with, and how can we really get to
know the coaches if we can not get to know them on a real personal basis?. It
just seems to me that a lot of players are going to make the wrong choices in
the future with this new rule."
Which colleges are staying in constant
contact by way of text messaging?
"Ole Miss, MSU, USM, LSU, and West Virginia. Some other colleges write a lot like Auburn, Army, Tulane, Memphis,
Florida, and Michigan, but they do not text a lot."
does Ramon call on his own?
"Ole Miss, USM, and MSU. I call them pretty
Any new scholarship offers?
"Still just Ole
What is USM telling Blakeney?
"I went to their
camp, and he said they were going to offer me. MSU wanted me to come to their
camp, and he wanted to talk about an offer with me, but it was held on the same
day as USM's, so I had to miss it."
What is LSU saying?
are telling me that I need to stay on my books, and get my ACT score up and I
can play for them."
What are Ramon's current grades?
am not sure what my GPA is right now. I have a 15 or a 16 on the ACT."
Virginia has the same message as LSU.
"Coach just text me every week
to tell me to keep up with my books and to get my academics up. They really want
me to come up there."
What is Ole Miss telling Ramon?
just want me up there. They text and ask about my grades and how me and my momma
are doing. They probably text the most, and I am probably in contact with them
more than anyone else, them and Southern Mississippi."
out about the three state schools?
"Ole Miss really tells me about
their game plays and how their defense is run. They really want you to stay on
your keys. USM really attacks the ball. And MSU, they tell me what kind of formations
they use, but they have not really gone into details about their defense. I am
not in tight contact with them like I am with Ole Miss and USM."
it does come decision time; what will be the main factors?
a good Physical Therapy. I want a defense that likes to attack and be real aggressive,
blitzing and all of that."