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Clemson impresses young standout running back

Blake Corum had a few scholarship offers in tow before he took the field as a freshman in 2016, and the running back from St. Vincent Pallotti High in Laurel, Md., added several more during a stellar first season.

He has the makings of a future top prospect with his mix of size, speed and power, so schools all over have started recruiting him early.

Clemson invited him to its junior day on March 4, and he made the trip with teammate Coziah Izzard.

“It was a good visit,” Corum said. “I really enjoyed the atmosphere and the facilities.”

“It was real nice,” he added of the new football complex. “Very few colleges have a facility like that.”

Corum chatted mostly with defensive line coach Todd Bates during the visit.

“He was talking about how I have to come down to a camp and come visit again,” Corum said. “He’s a cool coach. He loves the game of football and you can see that.”

Corum rushed for 1,001 yards on 102 carries (9.8 yards per attempt) with 18 touchdowns last season. East Carolina, Maryland, Michigan State, North Carolina, Rutgers, South Carolina, Temple and Toledo have offered the 5-foot-9, 180-pounder.

What stands out to him most about Clemson after visiting?

“All the coaches seem like they love the game and love the players,” Corum said. “The facilities were super nice as well.

“(An offer) would mean a lot. It would be a blessing.”

Corum also attended North Carolina’s junior day in January.

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