Al Blades
Cornerback
Class: 2018 (Summer)
School: St. Thomas Aquinas
City: Fort Lauderdale, FL
HT / WT: 6'0" / 176
Status
Enrolled
Schools of Interest
School
Status
Recruiter
Miami
Enrolled
Florida State
No Interest
Alabama
No Interest
Honors
The Opening Finals
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- Stefan Adams
2020 Western (FL) CB Justin Hodges committed to the Hurricanes tonight. How does it impact Category20?...
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- Stefan Adams
After Thursday’s practice, the last of spring ball, defensive coordinator Blake Baker was asked to pick out some MVP’s on defense that have really stood out to him...
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- Stefan Adams
Following Thursday’s practice, defensive coordinator Blake Baker spoke about how well his defense played in Saturday’s scrimmage, while also recognizing the offense is still handicapped right now...
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- Stefan Adams
The Miami Hurricanes held their first spring scrimmage of the Manny Diaz Era Saturday afternoon, a two-hour session beginning in the late morning at Christopher Columbus High School...
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- Stefan Adams
Junior defensive tackle Jon Ford has been one notable standout during Miami’s spring practices, running with the first team defense for the majority of camp and looking like he’s finally taken that next step that UM has been hoping to see from him...
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- Stefan Adams
An early concern during spring practice for defensive coordinator Blake Baker and his Miami defense has been the play of the secondary, which has given up a lot of big plays. UM is replacing 3 out of their 4 starters from last season, and the lack...
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- Stefan Adams
Pads went on today during the Hurricanes' third spring practice. After individual drills, the team huddled around midfield to kick off the first day of pads with a hyped up Oklahoma drill. It was a lot of fun and the kids enjoyed it. It was hard to...
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- Stefan Adams
Grad transfer WR KJ Osborn transferred into Miami back in January in time to participate in spring ball. Someone had to tell him, though, that spring practice didn’t start until March...
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- Stefan Adams
Football is back at the University of Miami. After a three month layoff, the Miami Hurricanes hit the practice field today for the first time under new head coach Manny Diaz. In the debut of The New Miami, Diaz made sure to make his mark early...
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- Stefan Adams
In 2018, the Miami Hurricanes actually led the nation in passing defense, giving up a paltry 135.6 yards per game. While the players in the secondary deserve to be commended for ultimately doing their job, that number is slightly misleading when you...
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- Stefan Adams
2020 3-star CB Justin Hodges was a virtual unknown heading into his junior season for Western High and had zero offers from college programs. However, after a standout year that saw Hodges record 34 tackles, 4 INT’s, and help lead the Wildcats to an...
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- Stefan Adams
2020 South Dade (FL) 3-star CB Jaiden Francois committed to the Canes last Sunday night after his junior day visit to Miami. How does it impact Category20?...
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- DMoney
Better late than never. This has been sitting on my shelf for a while, so I figured it was time to close the book on the 2019 class. This final feature will focus on the signature position group in South Florida football-the defensive backs....
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- Stefan Adams
2019 Daphne (AL) CB Christian Williams flipped from Alabama to Miami this morning during his signing day ceremony. He is the 16th signee to ink in Surge19...
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- Lance Roffers
Take a journey with me as I review athletic testing data to establish a link with All-Conference performance....
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- Stefan Adams
Chaminade-Madonna CB Te’Cory Couch has signed with Miami. He is the fifth signee of the day for Miami...
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- Stefan Adams
After Tuesday’s practice and with the team in the midst of a 4 game losing streak, head coach Mark Richt was asked whether he has considered changing the offensive system he’s running at Miami...
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- Lance Roffers
Ever wonder how those old Canes teams looked on film? Take a moment and walk down memory lane in Upon Further Review: Throwback....
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- Stefan Adams
Down 20-7 at halftime against the Seminoles, it was senior S Jaquan Johnson that gave the halftime speech to rally the troops in what Manny Diaz said was something that will be remembered for a long time...
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- Stefan Adams
Freshman corner Al Blades Jr. came into Miami during the summer and has quickly earned the trust of the coaching staff in a few short months, showing out on both defense and special teams. This week, he was honored by being named the special teams ca...
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- Stefan Adams
After Wednesday’s practice, defensive coordinator Manny Diaz talked about the freshmen players he’s seen that he believes deserve more reps...
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- Stefan Adams
After Tuesday’s practice, Mark Richt previewed what the Canes will be going up against in the Toledo Rockets next week...
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- Stefan Adams
In the loss to the Tigers over the weekend, defensive coordinator Manny Diaz did not feel like the team ever bounced back after LSU’s long touchdown run...
Football
- Stefan Adams
The Miami Hurricanes fell to the LSU Tigers, 33-17, at the 2018 Advocare Classic in Arlington, Texas on Sunday. After a day of travelling back home from the game and to collect my thoughts, as well as a rewatch of the game, here were my impressions...
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- Stefan Adams
Canes football is almost back as the LSU opener looms on Sunday. No better time than now to take a survey through the roster. Who's spot in the lineup is most secured?...
Football
- Stefan Adams
With the Hurricanes' season just around the corner, and Miami and LSU preparing to do battle on Sunday, it was the perfect time to get some of the CIS staff together to preview the 2018 season in a roundtable format. Here's Part 1 of 2 of how we see...
Football
- Stefan Adams
Yesterday, we unleashed and cleaned out everything we’ve been hearing on fall practice about the offense, which can be found *here*, and today (surprise!), is all about how defense is looking heading into LSU...
Football
- Stefan Adams
Freshman cornerback Gilbert Frierson has mainly worked on the third team defense this fall as he continues to try to understand what it takes to be a Miami Hurricane, day in and day out...
Football
- Stefan Adams
Despite coming in during the summer, Miami freshman CB Al Blades has already worked his way up Miami’s defensive back depth chart. After spending the first few weeks of fall practice mainly taking reps with the second team, Blades says he owes...
Football
- Stefan Adams
One of senior CB Jhavonte Dean’s biggest issues last season was not turning and finding the ball in coverage. At least for one day, Dean finally showed the ability to get his head around in a timely manner, recording two interceptions in this weekend...
FB Recruiting
- Stefan Adams
Chaminade-Madonna 4-star CB Te’Cory Couch has been a UM commitment for two months now and used Paradise Camp as a way to get closer with the other pledges in Surge19...
Football
- Stefan Adams
In the first practice since the second scrimmage of fall camp, Manny Diaz broke down what he was seeing from his entire unit in Saturday's scrimmage...
Football
- Stefan Adams
Fall Camp has come to a conclusion and the team will officially start LSU prep this week. After the second scrimmage over the weekend, the depth chart is set as listed going into LSU...
Football
- Stefan Adams
Earlier in the spring, sophomore WR Jeff Thomas was called the best player on the offense by some. High praise for what offensive coordinator Thomas Brown earlier said was his most talented offense at UM...
Football
- Stefan Adams
Hitting has commenced on Greentree Practice Field. After the Canes played their first two practices in shorts over the weekend, the Canes brought out the shoulder pads (shells) on Monday, in preparation to rock full pads on Wednesday...
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- Stefan Adams
Details from Greentree as the Canes continue fall camp...
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- Stefan Adams
Canes football is almost back as fall camp eve is upon us. No better time than now to take a survey through the roster. Who's spot in the lineup is most secured?...
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- Cory Grimes
Wide receivers better come correct when they line up across from these guys. Miami’s cornerback room is full of guys who would love to welcome opposing receivers to their private islands. But I can’t guarantee they’ll be very hospitable. With the dep...
FB Recruiting
- Matthew_Suero
Xavier Restrepo is one of the top wide receivers in South Florida in the 2020 class. The 5’10’’ 186 pound athlete recently transferred to Saint Thomas Aquinas, which is never an easy transition to make, especially academically...
FB Recruiting
- Stefan Adams
2019 Chaminade-Madonna CB Te’Cory Couch committed to the Canes on Saturday afternoon after decommitting from Michigan the weekend before. How will this effect Surge19?...
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- Stefan Adams
After receiving an offer last Tuesday, 2019 Carol City CB Jarvis Brownlee committed to the Canes while on campus on Thursday afternoon. How does it effect Surge19?...
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- Stefan Adams
2019 Lake Brantley ATH Damarius Good committed to the Canes on Wednesday night. What does it mean for the board at corner and Surge19?...
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- Matthew_Suero
South Florida is a hotbed for elite high school football talent. Due to year round seven on seven leagues, the skilled positions in South Florida are always elite. One name that comes to mind in this 2019 class is 4-star cornerback Jaden Davis. Davis...
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- Stefan Adams
2020 Miami Central CB Henry Gray committed to the Canes on Saturday afternoon on his Underclassman Day visit to campus. What does it mean for the class?...
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- Cory Grimes
Manny Diaz is not bashful about blitzing the house on defense, but that can’t be done unless there are guys on the outside who can be trusted to consistently win 1-on-1 battles. Even though the secondary stepped up in big way in 2017, that wasn’t alw...
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Combines
Event
Date
WT
40yd
SH
VJ
SPARQ
The Opening (Miami)
170
-
4.34
32.7
0
Combines
Event:
The Opening (Miami)
Date:
Weight:
170
40yd Dash:
-
Shuttle:
4.34
Vertical Jump:
32.7
SPARQ:
0
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