Former Kennesaw State defensive back Dante Blackmon signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts after a successful mini-camp performance over the weekend.
A graduate of Eastside High School in Covington, Ga., Blackmon is the first player out of Kennesaw State’s football program to sign with a professional team.
"Signing with the Colts felt like a dream come true," Blackmon said in a statement released by the University. "To be one of the five guys to sign out of about 47 guys that came on an invite was the best feeling and a blessing. The process was a good one. I loved everything about it and I just competed at my highest level and controlled what I could control.
“Now it's time to go to work. This is just the start. I can't thank Kennesaw State University and coach (Brian) Bohannon and the rest of the coaching staff enough for the opportunity to transfer in and play ball for the Owls.”
HISTORY!! @YungPrime23 becomes first Owl to sign an @NFL contract! @Coltshttps://t.co/TJlVHais3p— KennesawStateOwlsFB (@kennesawstfb) May 15, 2017
Highlights: https://t.co/1cFiONt7u5 pic.twitter.com/czEA3TvOc2
After leading the Big South in interceptions in 2016, Blackmon went undrafted, but was invited to the Atlanta Falcons and Colts rookie mini-camps.
In his two seasons with the Owls, Blackmon recorded 50 tackles, eight interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
"I'm so proud of Dante for earning this incredible career opportunity," Bohannon said in a statement released by the University. "This is certainly a milestone for our young program to have our first NFL signee, and it's also a tribute to the way that Dante has dedicated himself both and off the field to be the best he can be. He was an all-conference player, he earned his degree last week and now he has an NFL contract. I wish him the best of luck.”
Blackmon attended Appalachian State for his freshman and sophomore seasons before transferring to Kennesaw State.
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