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2018 CB Al Blades II calls Michigan offer 'a blessing'

Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas 2018 CB Alphonso Blades II calls Michigan offer "a blessing."

Alphonso Blades II already has notable offers from Miami (Fla.), Florida State and Alabama among others. Now you can add Michigan to his list, after the Wolverines extended an offer his way on Tuesday.

“I actually received the offer over the phone from the defensive coordinator Don Brown,” said Blades, who stars at cornerback at national powerhouse, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas. 

“All you really need to know as a defensive player is that Michigan had the No. 1 defense out there,” Blades said. “That says a lot about their program right off the bat.”

Blades didn’t stop there on his initial praise of Michigan.

“It’s a blessing,” Blades said. “It’s a great program. I definitely will be looking into it. It will definitely be a school I want to take a lot of consideration into, just because of the head coach they have, the coaching staff and the kind of people they have around their program.”

Being a Miami guy, Blades is also familiar with Michigan freshmen Devin Bush Jr, Devin Gil and Josh Metellus, who all starred locally at Pembroke Pines (Fla.) Flanagan High.

“I know the Flanagan guys that go to Michigan,” he said. “I know coach (Devin) Bush as well. So I know a lot of the South Florida kids that went there. I don’t know much about the whole entire team, but those guys I definitely do know.”

Blades hasn’t decided if he’ll visit Michigan or not, but does have an idea what he would like to see if he does.

“If I actually do make it to Michigan,” Blades said. “I just want to see the atmosphere, see how the facilities are, the coaches are, just get a feel for to see if I can spend the three to four years of my life at that school.”

On thing is for sure, Blades says distance will not factor into his decision.

“I don’t think distance will play a factor,” Blades said. “Because the simple fact is my mom wants me to leave Florida. I’m willing to go all the way to UCLA or USC if it needs be.”


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