In many years, junior college recruiting doesn’t take off until the fall, but when select prospects emerge early on the radar, the Texas Longhorns are moving quickly to extend offers, as evidenced by one on Friday for Arizona Western College cornerback Elijah Blades:
Blessed to say that I have received an offer from the University of Texas pic.twitter.com/b3HHg07CKV— Elijah Blades (@savageszniv) February 23, 2018
The 6’2, 170-pounder now holds seven offers, including LSU, Ole Miss, and Tennessee. Originally a member of the 2017 recruiting class, Blades was a consensus four-star prospect out of Pasadena (Calif.) Muir and signed with Nebraska over offers from nearly 15 other programs. 247Sports ranked him as the No. 3 cornerback nationally.
After signing with the Cornhuskers, Blades failed to fully qualify, then declined to enroll as a partial qualifier, opting for Arizona Western instead.
When the junior college rankings emerge, Blades will likely be one of the top cornerbacks nationally — in high school, he ran a 4.44 40-yard dash and posted a 4.18 shuttle. In other words, he’s an excellent athlete for his size, with both top-end speed and agility.