The cornerback position may be the top priority for the Florida Gators in their 2017 class, and they began filling that need Wednesday.
UF picked up a verbal commitment from Elijah Blades, a 4-star cornerback from John Muir High School in Pasadena, Calif. Blades announced his decision on Twitter, choosing the Gators over Arizona.
The 6-foot-2, 170-pound prospect, who has been clocked at 4.42 seconds in the 40-yard dash, visited Florida for the first time earlier this month.
“This visit was kind of a big deal,” Blades told SEC Country following his trip. “I can see myself there.”
Blades in the 222nd overall prospect in the 247Sports Composite and ranks No. 26 both at his position and in the state of California.
The Gators now have eight members in their 2017 class, and Blades is first the cornerback. He’s also gives Florida four consensus 4-star commits, joining quarterback Jake Allen, wide receiver Daquon Green and tight end Kemore Gamble, and seven overall.
Two other prospects, athlete Kadarius Toney and Kadeem Telfort, have a 4-star rating from at least two recruiting services. Toney holds offers from Alabama and South Carolina, while Telfort has SEC offers from Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Mississippi State and Tennessee.