4-star California CB Elijah Blades decommitted from Florida tonight. Blades tweeted a statement on his decommitment and requested “no interviews or questions.”
No interviews or questions. pic.twitter.com/7BEPWBpacc— ELIJAH - BLADES™ (@savageszniv) January 26, 2017
Blades took an official visit to Nebraska this past weekend, which he reportedly loved ($), and had stated that his commitment to Florida was “85 percent” after it. His decommitment announcement notes that the Gators are “still in it” and that his final decision would come down to National Signing Day next week.
After his decommitment tweet, Blades sent out another one containing his top five - USC, Florida, Oregon, Nebraska, and Georgia. “Hometown” USC and Nebraska have been consistently in the picture for Blades, despite previous reaffirmations of his commitment to Florida.
TOP 5 pic.twitter.com/yiyji0UUrj— ELIJAH - BLADES™ (@savageszniv) January 26, 2017
Blades had committed to Florida back in June and recently officially visited the Gators on January 13. This latest decommitment will surely do nothing to assuage concerns about Jim McElwain and the current state of Florida’s recruiting.
With Blades’ decommitment, Florida has 14 commitments currently in their 2017 class, including five early enrollees who are already on campus. The Gators are down to two cornerback commits now, 4-star Marco Wilson and 3-star Shawn Davis.