4-Star CB Elijah Blades Decommits From Florida Gators

Four-star cornerback Elijah Blades decommitted from Florida on Wednesday night, leaving the Gators with 14 total commits in the 2017 recruiting class rankings. 

On Wednesday morning, Gator fans were staring at a half-full glass. By Wednesday night, that glass looked half empty.

Four-star prospect Elijah Blades decommitted from Florida, and now the Gators are left with 14 total commits and haven fallen from No. 25 to No. 31 in the 2017 recruiting class rankings.

Blades, from Pasadena, California, is ranked as the No. 33 cornerback in the country and the No. 9 cornerback in the state. He released a statement regarding his decision to back off his pledge to Jim McElwain’s team.

“First off, I want to say thank you to the University of Florida and the staff for giving me a chance to play at their school, but I would like to reopen my recruitment up and think about what’s the best decision for me. Florida is still in it. [It’s] coming down to signing day.”

The loss of Blades is a big one. Florida was gearing up for a huge finish on National Signing Day, one that could have catapulted the Gators into the top 15 of the class rankings.

They could still add as many as 10 commitments between now and Wednesday, with the bulk of those new additions coming on National Signing Day. However, Blades has the ability to play on Day 1 and probably would have done so if he wound up in Gainesville.

At 6-foot-3, 170 lbs Blades brings elite size and athleticism to the position. He wins at the line of scrimmage and closes on routes quickly. With Teez Tabor and Quincy Wilson bound for the NFL, Blades would have been a welcomed addition.

Now, Florida will rely on 4-star prospect Marco Wilson and 3-star recruit Shawn Davis to step up as freshmen next season. Wilson, the younger brother of Quincy Wilson, is ranked as the No. 25 cornerback in the class, and Davis is ranked as the No. 3o cornerback in the country.

As for Blades’ recruitment, he released a top five that included Florida, Georgia, Nebraska, Oregon and USC. However, it appears the Cornhuskers and Trojans are the leaders for his commitment now.

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