When middle school students transition into high school, they typically choose a school that’s a small distance from their homes. But not Blake Corum.
Some of the top high schools in the DMV area took interest in the coveted running back, including Dematha Catholic High School and Gonzaga College High School.
There was only one problem. He lived in Warrenton, Viginia, and these schools were over 50 miles away.
His family had a big decision to make, so they let Corum choose. Saint Vincent Pallotti High School in Laurel, Maryland was the winner.
Pallotti was a “no brainer” for Corum because of the coaching staff and his shadow visit.
“We love the coaches at Pallotti,” Corum’s father James said. “People said he should be in the WCAC and thought Pallotti was too small for him. We wanted to prove the naysayers wrong.”
The commute to Pallotti is 150 miles roundtrip and takes two hours to get there and even longer to get home.
“Every day I have to get up at 4:30 a.m. to get to school at 6:30 a.m.,” Corum said. “It’s a sacrifice for my family but it’s paying off so we don’t mind it.”
It sure is paying off for Corum, as 17 division-one schools have offered him.
Corum had a great freshman season as the second running back on the depth chart. Pallotti’s starting running back Jaret Patterson was committed to Buffalo, and Corum served as his backup.
As his backup, Corum rushed for over 1,400 yards and scored 23 touchdowns.
Pallotti went on to win the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference football championship.
After football season, the grind didn’t stop for Corum.
He decided to run track. After a successful outdoor season, Pallotti won the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference championship. This was the first outdoor track championship in the school’s history.
But that doesn’t mark the end of Corum’s athletic abilities. He has also played baseball since he was four. Corum was scheduled to play baseball for Pallotti in the spring but injured a tiny bone in his wrist.
“In baseball he played center field when he was younger, because he can cover,” his dad said. “About four years ago, he moved to catcher because of his athleticism and he loved it; it made him a better baseball player and hitter.”
Corum is also a Virginia wrestling champion and will wrestle this upcoming school year. This will make him a four-sport athlete at Pallotti, and he looks forward to taking on that challenge.
With the constant travel that sports can bear, Corum is always doing something and has little time to relax.
“Family keeps me going,” Corum said. “Once I got my first offer, it made me hungrier and made me want to go harder.”
This offseason, Corum worked on improving his juke moves. He did this by studying Hall of Fame running back Barry Sanders and Ezekiel Elliot.
Last season, Corum had a goal of gaining 15 plus offers and rushing for over 1,000 yards. He accomplished this goal and now has his eyes set on new goals. He would like to rush for over 2,000 rushing yards and to score 30 touchdowns.
Corum has played football since he was 5-years-old, and has always dominated.
“In his fourth grade season, he had about 50 touchdowns,” Corum’s dad said. “After that year, I had to get him out of the league and into another one.”
As a result of living in the DMV area, Corum has seen the growth of University of Maryland as a football program.
“The DMV to UMD movement is a real movement.” Corum said. “It does mean a lot right now but I haven’t been thinking about it too much. I’ve just been enjoying the process.”
Corum is in no rush to choose a college. However, when the time comes, he will decide based off of a close relationship with the coaching staff.
His dad described the recruiting process as a “parent’s dream come true.”
Corum has a goal of playing in the NFL, but would like to study sports journalism in college.
You can catch Corum in a Pallotti vs. McDonough away game on August 26th.
Check out Corum’s highlight reel here.
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