Elijah Blades made a name for himself at the Los Angles Opening earlier this year, and many schools are now seeing his potential at the next level. Arizona, Colorado, Colorado State, Florida, San Jose State and Utah are just some of the programs that have offered the playmaker.
"It's been great knowing that all these schools that have contacted me, I have the chance to play there," said the four-star cornerback from Pasadena, California. "I really wasn't expecting it my freshman year, so I'm a little overwhelmed. But I just take it slowly."
Many schools have stopped by Muir High School this spring to check in on the 6-foot-3, 170-pounder including: Oregon State, Utah and Florida. The Gators running back coach, Tim Skipper, headed out west this past week, and although defensive back coach Torrian Gray also recruits Blades for UF, Blades has a special connection with Skipper.
"He has lived out west. He knows where you are coming from, and he can get a long with you better than coaches out of state."
The Gators have been Blades' "dream school" for a long time, "I've loved them since I was little." So it's not surprise UF has made it into his top three.
"My favorites are Arizona, Florida and Utah right now," Blades said. "Arizona because I have a good connection with the DB coach. He is from LA, and he played with my head coach here. I talked to to the whole staff and I loved it when I went for a visit.
"Utah,they are just showing a lot of love, a lot of letters. The coaches talk to me everyday. They just tell me they just want me to be part of the team.
"Florida, all I have to say it's my dream school, and I've been wanting to play there since I was a kid. It's a great opportunity. I get a lot of love from the coaches."
Blades is planning to visit Gainesville in the beginning of June and for an official visit in the fall.
"I want to see the stadium. I want to see the town and get a good feeling about it. I just want to meet the coaches and see how they are."
But as far as a timeline, he does not know when he will make his decision.
"I don't know when I am going to commit, but probably in the summer."