Baltimore (MD) St. Frances running back Blake Corum publicly committed to Michigan on Thursday afternoon. He picked the Wolverines over offers from LSU, Maryland, Ohio State, and USC, among others.
Corum is listed at 5’9″ and 180 lbs. He recently ran a 4.44 forty. As a junior in 2018, he ran for 1,415 yards, caught 280 yards worth of passes, and scored 20 touchdowns.
ESPN: 4-star, 82 grade, #18 RB, #173 overall
Rivals: 4-star, 5.9 grade, #11 RB, #135 overall
247 Sports: 3-star, 88 grade, #32 RB, #454 overall
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Corum grew up in Virginia, started high school at St. Vincent Pallotti in Maryland, and then transferred to St. Frances; he had fifteen offers by the time his freshman year was over. Corum was offered by Michigan, along with a bunch of other St. Frances products, probably in part because former Michigan staffer Biff Poggi is now the head coach at St. Frances. Not that those players weren’t talented, but Michigan doesn’t always zero in on one school like they have with this one. Corum took an official visit to Ohio State in mid-June and followed it up with the Ann Arbor visit a week later. The Wolverines now have four commitments from that one school, including offensive tackle Micah Mazzccua, linebacker Nikhai Hill-Green, and linebacker Osman Saveage.
You may consider this be a death knell for Corum’s career, but I really like him as a prospect. He’s built low to the ground, has good short-area change-of-direction skills, and has good long speed. He shows the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and return punts, and he’s a tough runner who can shake off arm tackles.
The guy I think of when watching Corum’s film is former Maryland running back Ty Johnson, a guy I had my eye on for a few years who went in the 6th round to the Detroit Lions. Johnson’s worst yards per carry in his career was the 6.4 he averaged in 2017, and his highest was 9.1 in 2016. He ended up listed at 5’10” and 212 lbs., so Corum has a way to go weight-wise before he gets there, but he can do that and maintain his speed if he does his nutrition and weightlifting right.
As mentioned above, Michigan now has four commits from St. Frances in the 2020 cycle. Corum joins new commit Eamonn Dennis as potential running backs in the 2020 class, though Dennis could end up in the slot.
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