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2019 JUCO CB Elijah Blades flips from Oregon, commits to Texas A&M

December 15, 2018
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One thing has been certain since Jimbo Fisher arrived at Texas A&M, never say never. For the second year in a row the Aggies flipped a JUCO prospect from Oregon. Last December it was defensive tackle Mohamed Diallo, this December the Aggies hit big in the secondary with Arizona Western cornerback Elijah Blades‍. 

At 6-foot-2, 175-pounds, Blades is known for his length and cover skills, and is regarded by many as the top junior college cornerback in the country. He chose the Aggies over the Ducks and an offer list which also includes Alabama, Florida, LSU and USC.

Originally out of Pasadena (CA) Muir High School, Blades signed with Nebraska in the 2017 class. He committed to Oregon in July of 2018 before his switch to Texas A&M. Blades took an official visit to Texas A&M in September when the Aggies hosted Clemson, and cornerbacks coach Maurice Linguist has been his lead recruiter.

His commitment gives the Aggies 23 in the 2019 class, and he joins Erick Young‍, Brian Williams‍, and Demani Richardson‍ in the defensive backfield.

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2019 JUCO CB Elijah Blades flips from Oregon, commits to Texas A&M

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kid7979
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Booom!
p-wonk01
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BreNayPop
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Great job, Jimbo and crew
TRIDENT
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Hellyeah!!
A New Hope
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Big time pick up. Christmas comes early.
suburban cowboy
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Jason,
What other current stories are you or Brauny sitting on?
NathanChristie
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Wow.
R E L
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I want to be excited...But I just read that flips are a part of the recruiting process and that making a big deal about it meant I was demented.
Meximan
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Sooo 9-2 versus Nick Satan?
NicosMachine
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Dogboy said:

Word out of Oregon is the guy has mad skills but is failing every class at his JC. Oregon told him they couldn't save his spot as he wouldn't make it into the school. I am guessing he will not get into A&M. It was a face saving move and a recruiting stat padding move on A&Ms part or some one didn't do their homework. No pun intended... this is why he decommitted from Nebraska his freshman year and joined a JC instead. Mad skills just didn't do well in school is the word on the street.


You signed up just to say that? Thank you for giving us the scoop of "the word on the street". Now go get your f'ing shine box.
A New Hope
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1st post? Tsips need to gtfo.
Mr. Black
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Fedup said:

Big time pick up. Christmas comes early.
You can say that again. This guy is just what we needed!
dixichkn
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Y'all read the twitter resposes on the kid's post? Shocking. Oregon fans acting with total class and wishing the kid well. You see that almost.........never.
Course I'm sure it helps that they got Thibodeaux earlier today

Welcome to Aggieland, Elijah. Let's go shut em down
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AgEngr12 said:

So quite a few Oregon fans are saying he has almost no shot of qualifying this year. Is there any truth to that?

Read the same. After failing to qualify academically out of high school, now struggling in JUCO. Then again, they're trying to spin it that Oregon "cut him loose" because of grades. Riiiiight.
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Dogboy said:

Word out of Oregon is the guy has mad skills but is failing every class at his JC. Oregon told him they couldn't save his spot as he wouldn't make it into the school. I am guessing he will not get into A&M. It was a face saving move and a recruiting stat padding move on A&Ms part or some one didn't do their homework. No pun intended... this is why he decommitted from Nebraska his freshman year and joined a JC instead. Mad skills just didn't do well in school is the word on the street.
Stop the grade talk. Classes are already over. The coaches know if he's made it in or not.
rgag12
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No grade issues with this guy. It's been confirmed
VandalayIndustries
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Now go get your f'ing shine box.

That is hilarious!
Eddie Vedder
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Usually when a fan base acts with complete class, 2 things are present:

1. The player is legitimately a good person.
2. The fan base has been told something by the recruiting services that leads them to believe the coaching staff told the kid to find another school.

Look at the Bobby Wolfe situation with us, for example. Ags were about 100% supportive on social media.

Scooby Carter was the opposite. The kid was openly deceitful to his fellow commits (violating #1) and our coaches wanted him (#2).
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Dogboy said:

Word out of Oregon is the guy has mad skills but is failing every class at his JC. Oregon told him they couldn't save his spot as he wouldn't make it into the school. I am guessing he will not get into A&M. It was a face saving move and a recruiting stat padding move on A&Ms part or some one didn't do their homework. No pun intended... this is why he decommitted from Nebraska his freshman year and joined a JC instead. Mad skills just didn't do well in school is the word on the street.


Word out of Oregon is they're bitter as f*** and this is all bs

They absolutely wanted to keep him and his grades are fine
C4D
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Aright!!

We got a cb with mad skills. Much needed.
Centurion 6
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Dog boy,

Recommend you think before you post negative and duragatory comments about people you don't know. Your attempt to throw a wet blanket is disparaging to the young man and shows even more about you. Words mean things - next time take the high road or keep quiet - because words have second and third order effects.
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Lateralus Ag
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Centurion 6 said:

Dog boy,

Recommend you think before you post negative and duragatory comments about people you don't know. Your attempt to throw a wet blanket is disparaging to the young man and shows even more about you. Words mean things - next time take the high road or keep quiet - because words have second and third order effects.


You sound naive. I agree with you, but do you think some troll on the internet is going to hear a word you have to say.
Centurion 6
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My response was not for him.
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SA Ag
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Lateralus Ag
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Centurion 6 said:

My response was not for him.


My point still stands.
Bluff Rat
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Centurion 6 said:

Dog boy,

Recommend you think before you post negative and duragatory comments about people you don't know.

Words mean things


And sometimes they don't.
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