TARPON SPRINGS – Following J’Von France’s high school movement takes some time to process, but one thing is for sure, the kid can ball.
Playing his first two varsity seasons at Tarpon Springs, the 2018 wide receiver/defensive back has returned to his previous stomping grounds.
The 6’0″, 181-pounder spent his junior season at Palm Harbor University where he totaled 1,053 yards from scrimmage and seven receiving touchdowns. He had 788 receiving yards, averaging 16.8 yards per catch.
This spring, he transferred to Clearwater Central Catholic following the firing of his former head coach at Palm Harbor, Reggie Crume.
Then, he stepped up and made a tough adult decision. He moved back to Tarpon Springs to be with his mom, who was sick at the time.
France explained the moves.
“CCC was a place where I knew I would be seen by college coaches. I matured a lot at CCC,” France told Prep Sports Scouting. “The coaching staff was amazing I loved all my coaches. I made my decision to go back to Tarpon to be closer to mom because she was very sick.”
He called coming back to play his senior year back at Tarpon Springs a big deal for himself.
“I just feel at home at Tarpon. The coaching staff is great,” France said. “Coach [George] Kotis has believed in me and has always supported my decision. I look forward to finishing my career where I started it.”
France said last season was a prove it year for him, with no offers on his plate and a new head coach to play for.
“Coach Crume played a big role in my life not only as my head coach but someone I could always come to,” he said. “Playing wide receiver and cornerback really helped me mentally by knowing that I had to contribute on both sides of the ball to help my team win.”
Dating back to his freshman season, France has played on both sides of the ball.
He can’t remember the exact age football started for him, but he says he has had the drive and confidence in his game since no father figure has been around in his life.
France calls his mom his biggest role model since she played both roles in raising him.
In terms of his biggest strengths, he pointed to his athletic ability and route running. He’s aiming to improve at overcoming a bad play and moving onto the next one easier.
His lone offer came from Stetson this past May. France has also drawn interest from Troy, Coastal Carolina, South Dakota and North Dakota. He says he’s hoping to earn more this season.
On a daily basis, you can find France in the gym. He loves working out and perfecting his craft. He trains by himself or with his teammates every day.
As for his biggest goal, that is to be successful and be someone that everyone likes to be around.
“I would love to play football my whole life if possible but if I don’t get that opportunity I’m ready to apply what I have learned through the game to be the best person I can be,” France said.
France is easy to root for. He’s a simple kid, who truly wants to be around good people whether that is on or off the field. If he can build off his strong junior campaign at Palm Harbor, there is no reason why he can’t earn some more Division I offers back with Tarpon Springs.
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Game film: France’s Hudl tape
Jake Perper is the founder of Prep Sports Scouting. Make sure to follow along for all the updates on Twitter: @JakePerper.