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Imagine being a 16 year old freshman and already receiving major D-1 football scholarship offers.
That’s the situation Maryland running back Blake Corum finds himself in.
Corum (5-foot-10, 180 pounds) is finishing up his freshman season at St. Vincent Pallotti HS in Laurel, Maryland and has received nine scholarship offers the latest being from the Pitt Panthers.
“All of this is a blessing. All these early offers is showing me that my hard work is paying off. I’m just going to keep working hard,” said Corum.
Pitt joins South Carolina, Rutgers, North Carolina, Temple, Maryland, Michigan State and East Carolina as the first schools to have offered this talented back.
“I called Coach Powell and we had a nice conversation. It wasn’t all about football , it was about other sports like track and other players. Then he was like you have an offer from Pitt. It’s such a blessing really,” said Corum.
“Coach said after watching the first five plays on my highlight tape were really good and that I have a ton of potential. He told me that he thinks he can coach me the best and that the future is bright for me.”
“I feel that I’m an all-around back. I feel that one of the best parts of my game is hitting the hole, one cut and go. I can either run you over or run by you. The one part of my game that I feel I can improve on is my route running, catching more balls out of the backfield.”
When I asked Corum what he knows about the Pitt football program the first person he mentioned was former Panther great LeSean McCoy.
Other than “Shady”, Corum didn’t have a lot of knowledge about Pitt but said that he’d already started researching them. In fact, he hopes to attend one of Pitt’s football camps in June. On the visit, he’d like to start getting to know the coaches better and check out the campus.