Florida is Elijah Blades' 'Dream School'

Elijah Blades picked up an offer from Florida this month, his dream school. Has the four-star cornerback thought of committing to the Gators?

Elijah Blades's stock rose drastically after his performance at The Opening Los Angeles, where he showed he is one of the fastest players in the region. 

"After that Nike performance a lot of colleges have been hitting me up after that so it's been great," said Blades. 

Blade's offer list now includes FloridaArizona and San Jose, but Fresno State, Colorado, Colorado State, Washington, Washington State, LSU, Fresno LSU, and UCLA have all expressed interest. 


Florida was among the last to offer the playmaker from California, and it's the one that had a lasting impact on the defensive back. 

"I was shocked. I didn't know what to say on the phone. I was speechless. It's Florida," said Blades. "It was great. Thats was my dream school, so it is a great relief. I didn't think they were going to offer me.

"I've been watching them since I was little. I watched Tim Tebow, when he won the Heisman, and the year they won the championship; I wanted to be part of that." 

New UF assistant and defensive back coach, Torrian Gray was the one to offer Blades the scholarship. 

"He asked me about grades, and he loves my 4.4, 40. He loved my size and that I'm physical. He also said he loved my ability to play and how I can catch the ball."

Blades is well aware of both Florida and Gray's pedigree in creating NFL caliber defensive backs. 

"I love physical DBS, Vernon Hargreaves III and Quincy Wilson, they are some of my favorite DBs right now."

After picking up that offer, Blades did think about pulling the trigger. 

"I'm still thinking about committing [to Florida], I'm going to wait and see, but most likely I'm going to be going to Florida."

He hopes to visit Gainesville this summer.  

"At the end of the day I just want to play football and get my degree." 

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