Fort Lauderdale, FL — Al Blades Jr is from a long line of playmakers; in fact, his family has so much clout at Miami that he’s considered by many to be Hurricane royalty. So, needless to say, he’s not just another human highlight reel from south Florida – he’s the next installment of the high octane Blades’ legacy at The U – the saga continues.
Al also seems to spend a considerable amount of time with NFL Hall of Famers, after all, who better to get advice from? While most high school cornerbacks are working with their coach who never even played in college, Al is doing drills and getting insight from Deion Sanders, who happens to be the best cornerback of all-time.
Pictured below: Al with Warren Sapp and Deion Sanders
Another noteworthy thing about Al is something I heard him tell a reporter about wanting to play for a coach that’s going to help him in life, not just football. It was a pleasant surprise to hear him say that because the ugly truth is a lot of top recruits are primarily concerned with playing time and a chance to win a championship, but Al proved to be wise beyond his years.
His rare blend of athleticism, intelligence and maturity are a perfect storm – and Miami fans are hoping come signing day this perfect storm winds up becoming a hurricane. The U is like family to Al, but that’s not going to be enough to win an early solid commitment from a junior who’s already received offers from some of the best programs in the country.
As it stands now, he’s re-committed to Miami and as luck would have it they’re having one of the best seasons in Al’s lifetime. So it seems he’s just in time to write the next chapter in the Blades saga at the University of Miami.
Al Blades Jr.
Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
School: St. Thomas Aquinas
Weight: 170 lbs
National rank: 24th
State rank: 9th
Position rank: 4th
Interview with Miami Hurricanes 4-star recruit Al Blades Jr from St. Thomas Aquinas
Q: Who’s your biggest influence?
A: “My biggest influence would be my family and everything they’ve done.”
Q: What do you like to do in your free time?
A: “I like playing Call of Duty and Racing.”
Q: What kind of racing?
A: “At tracks like K1 speed and go cart racing.”
Q: You obviously still have plenty of time, but have you given any thought to what you’d like to major in?
A: “I’m considering Sports Medicine”
Q: Who’s your favorite college team?
Q: Who’s your favorite player of all-time?
A: “Sean Taylor”
Q: Did you get to know Sean Taylor or did you just admire the way he played the game?
A: “I was too young to even know if I met him but I just admired his play”
Q: How much old footage of your dad, uncles and Sean Taylor do you watch?
A: “I watch plenty of film and videos on them. Whenever I need to get motivated that’s who I look to.”
Q: Who’s the best player you’ve played with or against?
A: “Trevon Grimes”
Q: Trevon is a teammate of yours at St. Thomas Aquinas, so who’s the best player you’ve ever played against?
A: “Last year this wide receiver from Clewiston. I don’t remember his name, he went to a small college”
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