Running back will be a big area of focus in Tennessee’s 2020 recruiting class. With Carlin Fils-aime set to be a senior in 2019 and Ty Chandler and Tim Jordan both juniors, adding a couple backs in the 2020 cycle will be imperative. Tennessee’s coaches have already offered 23 running backs in the 2020 cycle, and they sent out offer to another running back in the next cycle this week.
Blake Corum is a four-star running back out of Maryland. He’s recently added offers from several big-time schools, and he picked up an offer from Tennessee on Thursday.
Blessed to receive an offer from University Of Tennessee#vols pic.twitter.com/aVDGCnVWlZ
— #2⃣4⃣BeSavage (@blake_corum) January 24, 2019
According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Corum is the No. 244 overall player and No. 19 running back in the 2020 class. He holds offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Georgia, LSU, USC, Virginia Tech, and others. Corum plays for St. Frances Academy in Laurel, Maryland.
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The 5-foot-9, 180-pound back may be a little smaller than you would expect, but he makes up for it with a very good blend of both speed and strength that’s rarely seen in a running back his size.
Corum doesn’t have blazing fast track speed, but he has good quickness and a very good burst that can separate him from defenders. He has good ball carrier awareness and knows how to make tacklers miss. His vision and instincts serve him well both as a runner and as a pass catcher. He’s very shifty, but he’s not afraid to lower his shoulder and plow through someone either. Corum is also very dangerous on special teams, and his highlight film shows him making a lot of good returns on punt returns, too.
As a junior for St. Frances Academy, Corum totaled 1,415 rushing yards and 280 receiving yards while scoring 20 touchdowns. He scored twice in the state title game — once from 87 yards out — and helped his team cap off an undefeated season. Corum was named to the Second Team All-Metro Team by The Baltimore Sun.
Tennessee could use someone with Corum’s type of play-making ability on their offense in the future, and there’s a good chance the Vols try and stay connected with him throughout the spring and summer. Right now, Virginia Tech is seen as the slight favorite for the talented back, but it’s still early in his recruitment.