Blades said Thursday he doesn’t plan on committing until after his senior season.
The Pasadena native said he expects more offers to roll in, giving him an opportunity to evaluate all of his options.
The 6-foot-2, 170-pounder will take an unofficial visit to UF the weekend of June 3rd, and Blades said he’s looking forward to meeting with coach Jim McElwain and his staff.
Although he plans on visiting Gainesville without his family, Blades said they’re “not really worried” about him traveling across the country on his own.
He’s prepared to travel to find the best fit for him at the next level.
Gainesville I’ll be out there next week
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A major factor in Blades’ decision will be which school offers him an opportunity to get on the field early. He’s hoping UF’s staff expresses a similar interest in getting him on the field as a freshman.
“I’m looking forward to coming in as a freshman,” Blades said, “and have a chance to play and compete for a starting spot.”
If Blades chooses the Gators, he’ll be spurning a nearby Pac-12 power in heavy pursuit of his signature: Arizona.
While he said getting an offer from Arizona was “perfect”, Blades was hesitant to name a leader, after earlier reports indicated he’d narrowed his decision to Florida or the Wildcats.
“I don’t have a top two,” Blades said. “I don’t have an order, but Arizona, I get along well with the coaches. I’ve been talking to them a lot, mostly five times out of the week.
“Basically, they just treat me as family. It’s always great when I go to Tucson to visit.”
Throughout the summer and into his senior season, Blades said he’s looking to continue improving his technique. Off the field, he plans on watching more film to broaden his knowledge of the game.
After talking with his parents, Blades feels it’s best to wait until after the season to commit. They want him to take his time and not rush into a decision.
“I’m just going to let the whole thing play out,” Blades said. “A lot of schools have been waiting on me after this semester to offer me, and I’ll just be waiting after that.”