On early signing day, Miami signed a cornerback whose name will be familiar to longtime Hurricanes fans.
More about him:
AL BLADES JR.
Status: signed; plans to enroll in May
Size: 6-0, 173
School: Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas
Stats: 25 tackles, three pass break-ups as a senior; 31 tackles, 13 pass break-ups, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, one interception as a junior (247)
Stars: Four (Rivals, 247, ESPN)
Rank: No. 7 cornerback, No. 41 overall (ESPN); No. 7 cornerback, No. 45 overall (Rivals); No. 10 cornerback, No. 57 overall (247)
Projection: Productive starting cornerback. ESPN called Blades a “tall, explosive playmaker,” and said he is “smart with very good instincts. Knows where to be and what to do. Smooth kid who can bend and explode in transition. Has the burst to close on underneath routes in zone. Possesses the speed and savvy to take it to the house from anywhere on the field.” That website’s scouting report called him “thin and will need to put on some good weight. Not exactly a ball hawk and will need to improve ball skills on defense,” but said he comes from excellent bloodlines and should follow in his father and uncle’s footsteps to become a very good college football player.”
Fun facts: Son of former UM safety Al Blades, who died in 2003. His father was a fierce leader (you may remember his NSFW pregame ritual speeches) and two-time All-Big East selection who played at UM from 1996-2000. Al Blades’ older brothers, Bennie and Brian, also shined at UM … The younger Blades, who was 3 when his father died, will wear his No. 7 for the U … Under Armour All-American who competed at The Opening … transferred from Davie-University as a junior … Flashed the ‘U’ while standing on the Florida State logo during an unofficial visit to Tallahassee, prompting Twitter cheers from his future UM teammates … Committed to UM in Feb. 2015, but backed off after Al Golden was fired in October. Re-upped last June.