GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Elijah Blades is committed to Florida as a cornerback, but he might also be returning kicks and punts for the Gators.
The 4-star cornerback from John Muir High School in Pasadena, Calif., scrimmaged with his teammates Friday against Sylmar. Blades made plays on both sides, but his offensive highlights were superior.
He hauled in a 57-yard touchdown reception, took a screen pass 30 yards and had a 98-touchdown run on a reverse. The 6-foot-2, 170-pound Blades also displayed his physicality on defense.
Here are some Florida commits in action:
Athlete Kadarius Toney rushed for 101 yards and 2 touchdowns on 9 carries, including a 73-yard score. He also threw for 181 yards and another score.
Tight ends Kemore Gamble and Zech Byrd each caught a touchdown in their game.
Defensive tackle Jordon Scott and linebacker Ventrell Miller each made several nice stops.
Pair of top-100 recruits name leaders
Florida is in the running for Ricky Slade, the No. 1 all-purpose back in the Class of 2018.
A 5-star prospect from Woodbridge, Va., Slade named his top 5 on Twitter, and the Gators made the cut. They were joined by North Carolina, Penn State, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.
Slade attended Florida’s Friday Night Lights and plans to return for more visits.
“It was good to see everything again with the new staff,” said Slade, who first visited Florida in 2014. “I’m definitely coming back. The visit was just fantastic.”
Dorian Thompson-Robinson, the No. 4 dual-threat quarterback in 2018, also was at Friday Night Lights. He received an offer from the Gators afterward and told SEC Country the visit “definitely moved Florida up.”
But the Gators still have work to do for the Las Vegas signal caller. Thompson-Robinson named UCLA his leader and Michigan his No. 2 school Monday.
The Gators also have offered 2018 quarterback Artur Sitkowski (Old Bridge, N.J.) and appear to be in great shape with the nation’s No. 4 pro-style passer.
5-star WR lets cat out of bag
This year’s worst-kept recruiting secret came out Monday when Trevon Grimes publicly committed to Ohio State over Florida, Florida State and Miami.
The No. 3 receiver in the Class of 2017 was scheduled to announce Wednesday, but said he couldn’t help himself. He already had informed Ohio State coaches of his intentions and named the Buckeyes his leader for more than a year.
The Gators will continue their full-on pursuit of Donovan Peoples-Jones, the top-ranked receiver in the class. The 5-star recruit will officially visit Florida this fall.
Unless otherwise noted, rankings and ratings come from the 247Sports Composite.
Zach Abolverdi is the Florida beat writer for SEC Country and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.