LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska landed its biggest commit of the day on Wednesday afternoon when Elijah Blades, a 4-star corner from Pasadena, Calif., announced he is headed to Nebraska.
Blades chose Nebraska over Florida, where he was committed to for months, and hometown program USC.
Blades was recruited primarily by Huskers cornerbacks coach Donte Williams, who also recruited him while coaching at Arizona last season. The No. 16 cornerback in the 2017 class according to 247Sports, Blades officially visited Nebraska on Jan. 20. He de-committed from Florida on Jan. 25, more than seven months after committing to the Gators on June 22.
The Blades commitment is huge for Nebraska, first a foremost because the Huskers now officially have a defensive back in the 2017 class. Blades is the 20th commitment in the class, and the first major recruiting win for Williams since his hiring in December. Before Williams was hired, Nebraska wasn’t even on Blades’ radar.
The commitment shows the strength Nebraska now has on the West Coast with Williams, and shows that even if a recruit is committed elsewhere in January, Williams can flip a highly rated prospect.
This commitment is massive for Nebraska on the national stages, as well, as the Huskers could finish with a top-20 class on all the national recruiting websites.