GAINESVILLE, Florida – Florida lacked experienced high school depth ahead of the 2021 season, prompting the coach Dan Mullen to take a pair of transfers this offseason. One of the two has now left the program.
The Athletic first reported on Twitter that the former Texas A&M transfer Blades of Elijah left the team, and a source close to the program confirmed his departure for Swamp247 on Sunday night. Blades played three games in Florida, totaling three tackles and one pass break.
But he did not know how to make much noise in a young high school which had started to take its marks in recent weeks.
With a veteran cornerback Kaiir elam sidelined the last three games with an ankle injury, freshmen Jason marshall and Avery Helm have established themselves as more consistent performers on the outside, showing tremendous improvement. Despite his experience, Blades hasn’t seen a lot of shots.
He played the season opener but did not make the next two games because he suffered a minor injury. He returned to action against Tennessee and appeared again the following week in Kentucky before failing to dress for the homecoming against Vanderbilt on Saturday.
Blades was transferred to Florida in August during fall camp, arriving in Florida via Texas A&M. A former four-star prospect, Blades was once engaged with the former coach Jim McElwain in the 2017 promotion of high school. He later switched and signed with Nebraska, but ended up going to college instead.
He joined the Aggies in 2019 after two seasons at Arizona Western Community College.
With the departure of the Blades, Florida’s depth in the secondary remains dangerously thin. Elam remains out with a sprained knee, although Mullen has been signaling for weeks that his return is imminent.
Meanwhile, the expected starting cornerback Jaydon Hill was lost before the season due to a torn ACL. First-year defensive back Kamar wilcoxson was also lost for the season due to a knee injury.