No. 28 cornerback Elijah Blades commits to the Gators

Elijah Blades is a Gator. The four-star cornerback from California made the decision on Wednesday.

Elijah Blades always dreamed about becoming a Florida Gator, and on Wednesday he took a major step towards realizing it. The four-star corner from California committed to UF. 

"I've been wanting to play there since I was a kid," said Blades. "It's a great opportunity. I get a lot of love from the coaches."

His visit to the Swamp earlier in June, his first trip to Gainesville, really helped cement the Gators as a contender. 

"The Swamp blew me away," he said. "I've never seen a stadium like that. When I walked through it, it was great. I loved it."

Blades is Scout's 28th ranked cornerback in the class. According to National Recruiting Analyst, Greg Biggins, Blade has seen a transformation this spring. 

"There is really not many corners like him out west," said Biggins. "He is 6-2, really long, lean, athletic, but he can run. He is a legitimate 4.4 guy. He has good coverage skills, good ball skills. He has gotten a lot better in the last year in terms of how hard he competes. He had a reputation of not playing 100 percent all the times-one of the reasons why his recruitment was slow to take off. You can watch the film ant not really see him stand out like you would think someone that is 6-2 and runs like him.

"Over the spring he was as good as anybody from a corner standpoint. Physically he has all the tools."

With Blades coming into his own this spring, Biggins says he has the talent to take him far. 

"You want to make sure when he gets to Florida he has that dog mentality, where he is just going to compete every single day because Florida is going to have four or five guys each year that is going to be the best of the best. He definitely has the talent, just hopefully everything else comes together for him."

Blades chose Florida over other suitors including Utah, Arizona and Utah. He is first cornerback back commitment in the 2017 class for the Gators and the eighth overall.

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