LINCOLN — Elijah Blades, who signed in NU’s 2017 recruiting class but will head to junior college at Arizona Western instead, told Scout on Thursday that he committed to the Huskers only because of cornerbacks coach Donte Williams and he had doubts about whether he’d fit in at Nebraska.
He also said that, if he’d become a partial qualifier at NU, he would have had to spend a semester at junior college, then sign with the Huskers in the spring.
“When Donte Williams got the job at Nebraska, I knew that’s where I wanted to go,” Blades told Scout. “I was actually a silent commit to Arizona before I committed to Florida when Donte was at UA. That was always my guy.
“Looking back, I always had some doubts about Nebraska and how I would fit in there. Even on my visit, I had some doubts if that was the place for me, but I still signed and was hopeful I would be a full qualifier.”
Blades wasn’t a full qualifier and he didn’t think Nebraska “was the place for me.” He told Scout he wants to play in the SEC.