Former Muir Football Standout Elijah Blades Heads to Texas A&M

Published : Monday, December 17, 2018 | 12:45 PM

Elijah Blades, who started his football career playing for John Muir High School in Pasadena and is now the nation’s top-ranked junior college cornerback, has decided to play for Texas A&M University next season, flipping his commitment from the University of Oregon.

On Saturday night, Blades, who is currently cornerback for Arizona Western College, tweeted he has flipped from Oregon to Texas A&M. The announcement included a photo commemorating his late grandmother Donna Blades, and the message “Change of Heart. Please respect my decision.”

Blades thanked the University of Oregon and the coaches throughout “for everything while I was committed these past few months.”

“With that being said, I will be attending Texas A&M University… Gig ‘em,” he tweeted.

It was the second year in a row that Texas A&M flipped an Oregon prospect. Last December, they acquired defensive tackle Mohamed Diallo.

Blades, six feet two inches tall and 175 pounds, is known for his length and cover skills. He joins Erick Young, Brian Williams, and Demani Richardson in the defensive backfield for the Aggies.

Blades originally participated in the NCAA National Letter of Intent signing day in February 2017, where he indicated he was going to play for Nebraska University. In July that year, he said he failed to qualify academically for Nebraska, and instead signed up for the Arizona junior college powerhouse.