Blake Corum may not be a name that every Michigan football fan is familiar with, but that will change soon.
Coming out of St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, Corum is a four-star running back in the 2020 recruiting class. Not only is he a top-notch prospect, he is a guy that many believe will turn into a legitimate superstar for the Wolverines.
Standing in at 5-foot-8 and 193 pounds, Corum put up huge numbers during his high school career. As a senior, he racked up 145 carries for 1,266 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also caught eight passes for 152 yards and three touchdowns.
During his junior year, Corum put up even bigger numbers. He rushed for 1,415 yards, recorded 280 receiving yards, and scored 20 touchdowns. Those numbers show a very small bit of the potential that Corum brings to Michigan.
For those who don’t know much about Corum, our own Evan Massey had the chance to interview the Wolverines’ new running back. We hope you enjoy the interview and follow along as Corum takes the next step in his impressive football career.
First up, we talked about Corum’s decision to join the Wolverines and what the main deciding factors were in his decision.
“The campus, the fans, academics, and everything that comes with being a Wolverine. The coaching staff recruited me really hard and made me a priority.”
Speaking of the coaching staff, Jim Harbaugh is a fun coach to play for. His experience and NFL connections also give players a great chance to thrive and move on to the next level. Corum opened up a bit about Harbaugh and how excited he is to play for him.
“I’m super excited. He has told me I have a lot to offer to the team and I’m one of the hardest workers he has seen.”
Many may not have had the chance to see Corum play. For any fan that hasn’t seen him in action, Corum was happy to break down what he brings to the field.
“I’m elusive. I can make a guy miss and turn on the jets. I also would consider myself a hard runner. Yeah, I’m fast, but I like contact as well and won’t shy away from it. I can catch out the backfield. I consider myself an all-around player.”
Fans don’t usually get a look at who a player is away from the game. We asked Corum about himself when he isn’t playing football.
“I’m a worker. Ever since I was a little kid, my parents always told me if I want something, I have to work for it. Ever since they told me that, I’ve been working. Since they sent us home because of the virus, I’m in the gym every morning at 4:30 working with my trainer. I feel like if I’m not working, someone else is and I don’t want to be outworked. Besides working, I like helping the youth accomplish their goals by telling them what to work on, what type of workouts to do, etc.”
Next up, we talked about the Big Ten and how much of a factor playing in the prestigious conference helped Corum make his decision to commit to Michigan. We also touched on the big-time rivalry against Ohio State.
“It didn’t impact my decision really, but I’m super excited to play in what I think is the toughest division in college football. I’m super excited, but I’m going to take it game by game, then once Ohio state week comes up, I will be super amped. One of my good friends is Chase Young, so we talk a lot of trash to each other about it.”
While it may be a little early for us to ask, we wanted to know a few goals that Corum has for his career with the Wolverines.
“Team goals are to go undefeated and win a national championship. Individual goals is to break every record held at the running back position.”
Every fan loves to hear comparisons to current players for incoming commits. Saquon Barkley is a name that Corum likes to model his game after.
“I like watching Saquon. I feel like we run the same. He’s fast, not afraid of contact, doesn’t go down easy, and is and all-around player.”
At this point in his career, Corum talked about what he feels his biggest strengths and weaknesses are.
“Strongest areas are my low center of gravity, speed, and the ability to make people miss. Areas I need to work on are more crisp routes and staying a little more patient and letting the play develop.”
If you’re a young player with dreams of playing Division I football, Corum has some advice for you.
“Never let anyone tell you you can’t do something. Always feel the need to get better and never settle with being OK. It doesn’t matter how big you are, all that matters is how big your heart is. Finally, whatever you do, give your absolute best and leave nothing left in the tank.”
Finally, Corum sent out a brief message to close out the interview.
“To my parents, thank you for everything you’ve done for me. And to the Michigan fans, I promise to leave my all whenever I step in the Big House and just know the deuce is ready to get loose.”