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Class of 2018 4-star Al Blades Jr commits to Miami

November 10 2012: University of Miami Hurricanes helmet prior to the Hurricanes loss to the University of Virginia Cavaliers 41-40 at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, VA
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Class of 2018 four-star cornerback Al Blades Jr. announced his commitment to the University of Miami on Sunday night, via his Twitter account, while simultaneously wishing his dad a Happy Father’s Day.

Blades’ father played for the Hurricanes and was a First-team All-Big East selection in 2000, before spending two years in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers. The elder Blades died in a car crash in March 2003.

Blades Jr. has committed out of St. Thomas Aquinas HS in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he became a 4-star recruit and pulled in offers from major programs around college football.

Back in Feb. 2015, Blades Jr. had committed to Miami. Once head coach Al Golden was fired, he decommitted from the program in Oct. 2015. He pulled in offers from Alabama, Michigan, LSU, Florida State, Oklahoma, Penn State, before re-committing to the ‘Canes and head coach Mark Richt on Sunday.

With Blades Jr. committed, Miami now has 18 hard commits for the 2018 recruiting cycle. They find themselves at the top spot in the ACC rankings and are second in the country to only Ohio State, who has three 5-star commits to their one.

Blades Jr. is the fourth cornerback to commit to the Hurricanes. He joins fellow 4-stars Gilbert Frierson and Josh Jobe, with 3-star D.J. Ivey also on board. All four players have chosen to stay in the state of Florida after playing their high school ball there.

Miami went 9-4 last season under Richt, who was in his first season as head coach at his alma mater.

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