Elijah Blades was one of the final pieces in Nebraska’s 2017 recruiting class, announcing his decision on Signing Day. The 6-2, 170-pound California native is among the top defensive back prospects in the nation.

Blades was a standout for Coach Antyone Sims at John Muir High School in Pasadena, Calif. As a senior, Blades helped his team to a 6-5 record and a trip to the state playoffs. Blades routinely locked down one side of the field, as teams rarely threw in his direction.

Blades was a second-team All-California selection by USA Today and was second-team all-state among Medium Schools according to Cal-Hi Sports. Blades also had a standout junior season for Muir High and was a member of the varsity team as a sophomore.

Blades is ranked among the top 50 overall prospects in the country by 247 Sports and among the top 100 by Rivals.com, while also being a member of the ESPN 300. Blades is regarded as the third-best cornerback in the nation by 247 Sports and No. 7 by Rivals.com. He is also regarded among the top 12 players in California by both 247 Sports and Rivals.com.

Blades originally committed to Florida, also visited Utah and Washington State and considered USC. Blades was born on June 12, 1999.

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