College football’s early signing period begins in a matter of days, and Jimbo Fisher and the Texas A&M Aggies just added what could be an instant-impact player to the 2019 class. On Saturday night, Arizona Western College’s Elijah Blades, the top-ranked junior college cornerback in the country, decommitted from Oregon and committed to A&M.
Change of Heart— Elijah Blades (@savageszniv) December 16, 2018
Please respect my decision.. pic.twitter.com/V7bZr0cGyC
Blades was originally a four-star high school recruit in the class of 2017, signing with Nebraska, but chose to go the junior college route instead. The 6’3”, 170-pound corner held scholarship offers from nine other SEC schools, including Alabama and LSU. With the secondary being a glaring weakness on the 2018 defense, adding a JUCO corner to come in and compete for a starting role immediately could fill a big need as the Aggies look to do big things this coming season.
The 2019 recruiting class, currently ranked third in the nation, stands at 23 commits, with room for several more.