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2020 FOOTBALL RECRUITING ISSUE BY EJ HOLLAND Blake Corum took advantage of a unique opportunity. The four-star 2020 running back signee from Baltimore St. Frances practiced with Michigan leading up to its Citrus Bowl clash against Ala- bama. The early returns were that Co- rum more than held his own and im- pressed the staff. The recruit ranked among the nation's top 230 prospects by all three major services said it was a tremendous learning experience. "I got to practice with Michigan for three days," Corum said. "It was re- ally cool. It definitely benefitted me. I got a look at what spring ball is going to be like. I got to go into all the meet- ings with the guys." Fresh off a big senior campaign at one of the country's true national high school powerhouses, the rusher added that he didn't feel out of place in Ann Arbor. "Practice, overall, is faster," he said. "But I feel like with my speed, I'll fit right in. I didn't feel like the guys were that much faster. With me being at St. Frances, where we play the best competition, I felt like I fit in." Corum also had a chance to take part in the Under Armour All-America Game before arriving at Michigan for good. He scored a touchdown in the game and had a blast in Orlando, Fla. "It was a blessing to be around these high-profile guys," Corum said. "I just got after it. I got to meet some new people. It was a really cool experience." Corum moved into his dorm at Michigan in January and will take part in spring practices. The consensus four-star prospect originally committed to Michigan over offers from Baylor, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Penn State, USC and several other major programs in June 2019. For Corum, the decision to side with the Wolverines was an easy one. "It's a great fit for me," Corum said. "Coach Jay Harbaugh and Coach Jim Harbaugh recruited me the hardest. Overall, the atmosphere is great. The fans show me mad love. Academically, it's a great fit as well." Jay Harbaugh, the Michigan run- ning backs coach, played an impor- tant role in Corum's recruitment. The Blake Corum Is Ready To Continue Showing Off Against The Best Corum practiced with Michigan leading up to its Citrus Bowl clash against Alabama, then scored a touchdown in the Under Armour All-America Game. PHOTO BY EJ HOLLAND 34 THE WOLVERINE MARCH 2020 2020 Projection Corum will be a part of a stacked running back room that includes fifth-year senior Chris Evans, red- shirt sophomore Hassan Haskins and sophomore Zach Charbonnet. His high-end speed, however, is something that the current sta- ble lacks. He'll likely start fourth on the depth chart in 2020, but could quickly earn some time as a change-of-pace back, especially since he's an early enrollee. BLAKE CORUM RUNNING BACK 5-8 • 193 ST. FRANCES ACADEMY (BALTIMORE) MARSHALL, VA. RANKINGS STARS NAT. POS. STATE ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪ 104 8 7 ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪ 230 19 9 ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪ 120 13 5 STATISTICS Year Rush Yds. Rec. Yds. Total TD 2019 1,266 152 22 2018 1,415 280 20 HONORS • Selected as the Gatorade Player of the Year in Maryland as a senior. He is the first player from his high school to win the award. • Was tabbed as a second-team USA Today and MaxPreps All-American in 2019. • Helped lead St. Frances to an 11-1 record and the No. 3 spot in Max- Prep's final national team rankings as a senior. • Played in the 2020 Under Armour All-American Game, where he ran for a one-yard touchdown and finished the game with five carries for 19 yards. RECRUITMENT • Committed on June 27, 2019. • Received more than 25 scholarship offers. • Recruited by running backs coach Jay Harbaugh.

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