Florida picked up a huge commit Wednesday afternoon as Elijah Blades, the four-star cornerback from John Muir High School in Pasadena, Ca., announced his decision to further his education and football career with the Gators. Blades holds offers from all over the Power 5, such as Arizona, BYU, Colorado, Colorado State, Fresno State, Nebraska, San Jose State, UNLV, Utah, and Washington State.
Blades stands at 6'2" and 170 pounds, and has remarkable speed as he has recorded a 4.44 time in the 40-yard dash and has good change of direction with a 4.18 time in the 20-yard shuttle. Rated the 13th best corner in the nation by 247Sports, he's a tremendous athlete and judging from his Hudl film, he breaks on the ball very well and doesn't panic when the ball is in the air. He's obviously comfortable with the ball in his hands, which should be exciting for Gator fans, and the only concern I really have with him is his willingness to tackle in run support.
Blades' commitment brings UF's 2017 recruiting class up to eight prospects, with four of those on defense. The corner is the lone defensive skill players for Florida so far, as the Gators could make a run on defensive backs in this recruiting class with the potential departure of Jalen Tabor to the NFL following this season.