Miami staff a big factor for Al Blades, Jr.

Miami staff a big factor for Al Blades, Jr.

Peter Ariz
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Just a few days ago I wrote that American Heritage has arguably the best secondary in the country. They still might, but St. Thomas Aquinas just made that discussion a bit more interesting. Little did we know that Brian Edwards would be transferring from Miramar and heading to STA. Along with the 2017 DB Edwards, Aquinas is equipped with a couple of premier corners in Al Blades, Jr. (2018) and Asante Samuel, Jr. (2018).

Blades, Jr. a Miami target and Canes legacy, is excited about the group’s possibilities, but knows they haven’t accomplished their goals yet.

“It’s great to have all the talent that we have, but we still have to work together to get everything working right,” said Blades, Jr.

“I know Brian is going to bring an aggressive game with speed, length, and he’s gonna cover a lot of ground. It’s great knowing you have a safety back there who can cover your back,” he added.

Blades, Jr. was formerly committed to the Hurricanes, but decommitted after Al Golden’s firing. In a short period of time, it appears that Mark Richt has impressed the 6-foot, 170-pound defensive back.

“It’s a totally different operation. I feel like he’s trying to implement more of a competitive team. He’s trying to get it back running how it should be and I see the community getting behind him,” Blades, Jr. said.

With a group of programs such as Miami, FSU, Alabama after him, Blades, Jr. still wants to wait some longer before he starts to narrow down his list.

“I’m waiting until September 1st when coaches can really communicate and I’ll be able to see who really wants me and be able to see which coaches want me in their secondary,” he said.

Blades, Jr. is taking note of his how the recruiting classes are shaking up across the country this year.

I’m looking at a lot of guys committing, especially the 2017 class because that can really show where I’m gonna land. I’m not really worried about anybody from my class.

The legacy Cane says he see a big difference in the community with their support of Richt – it does not necessarily surprise him.

“When he first got hired, he was immediately in the community. He was going to games, talking with us up and close personal. That’s basically what you need to do to recruit in the golden ground of recruiting,” he said.

“I feel like a lot more UM fans are behind him and that’s a great thing.”

And potentially the biggest factor in Miami’s favor is cornerback coach Mike Rumph.

“It means a lot that he’s there. He played with my father, so that has a lot to do with a lot of things. He’s a great coach and we have a great connection, so that means a lot to me that he’s at Miami.”

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Comments (29)

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Not saying we are going to, but if we didn't land the son of this man, it would be the biggest kick in the nuts maybe ever. Only Playmaker's son shunning us would be worse IMO. This man was created by God for the U
 
"I’m waiting until September 1st when coaches can really communicate and I’ll be able to see who really wants me and be able to see which coaches want me in their secondary,” he said.
Blades, Jr. is taking note of his how the recruiting classes are shaking up across the country this year.
I’m looking at a lot of guys committing, especially the 2017 class because that can really show where I’m gonna land. I’m not really worried about anybody from my class."

So, based on that he'd be crazy to go to FSU or Bama... What I wanna know is, how do you commit to Al Folden, then take a wait & see approach with Richt? Lol!
We literally have no choice but to land this kid, we can not afford to allow him to go anywhere else, but in all honesty I'm kind of getting tired of recruits saying the same things about our staff & our program and then not committing. I get it I get it, they're just kids... But it's seriously getting kind of frustrating as a fan.
 
Blades family is one of our royals. I did not even know he decommitted -- must have blocked it out.
 
"I’m waiting until September 1st when coaches can really communicate and I’ll be able to see who really wants me and be able to see which coaches want me in their secondary,” he said.
Blades, Jr. is taking note of his how the recruiting classes are shaking up across the country this year.
I’m looking at a lot of guys committing, especially the 2017 class because that can really show where I’m gonna land. I’m not really worried about anybody from my class."

So, based on that he'd be crazy to go to FSU or Bama... What I wanna know is, how do you commit to Al Folden, then take a wait & see approach with Richt? Lol!
We literally have no choice but to land this kid, we can not afford to allow him to go anywhere else, but in all honesty I'm kind of getting tired of recruits saying the same things about our staff & our program and then not committing. I get it I get it, they're just kids... But it's seriously getting kind of frustrating as a fan.

I think he just wants to be recruited like everyone else. He was young when he committed cause he had set in his mind that he was going to be a Cane no matter what. when Golden got fired he understood that this is a business and now he taking a step back. but he will be in this class no doubt about it.
 
Loaded secondary.

Pete, does Bennie Sapp Jr still start/play at corner? That would be ridiculous to have enough depth to where you have corners with BCS offers coming off the bench/play
 
Loaded secondary.

Pete, does Bennie Sapp Jr still start/play at corner? That would be ridiculous to have enough depth to where you have corners with BCS offers coming off the bench/play

Lol. Good catch. Talk about the forgotten man. Totally forgot BSapp Jr. He might be the odd man out here.
 
What I wanna know is, how do you commit to Al Folden, then take a wait & see approach with Richt? Lol!
We literally have no choice but to land this kid, we can not afford to allow him to go anywhere else, but in all honesty I'm kind of getting tired of recruits saying the same things about our staff & our program and then not committing. I get it I get it, they're just kids... But it's seriously getting kind of frustrating as a fan.

Because he would have decommitted later if Folden stuck around. Commitment meant nothing during the Folden Error.
 

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