Chad Ricardo: My Main Man, Blake Corum! You know I like to call you my little brother, so it’s a pleasure to have the opportunity to interview you today. Recently, you’re making some headlines as your recruitment begins to move into the next stratosphere, so we should get started there.
In the last 7 days you’ve picked up your 4th, 5th and 6th offer respectful the last one coming from the University of Maryland,…and you’re still a FRESHMEN! Many student athletes don’t get to those numbers until their junior/senior year, if ever. What does it feel like to receive recognition for your hard work and sacrifices?
Blake Corum: It’s truly a blessing knowing your hard work is paying off.
Chad Ricardo: And it’s definitely paying well my dude. That’s what’s up. You’ve been considered one of the top recruits on the East Coast since at least your 7th grade season. Many have called you a “can’t miss prospect”. As nice as that may be, I’m certain it could also feel like a bit of a burden. Do those expectations ever put any pressure on you? How do you deal with that?
Blake Corum: I wouldn’t consider it a burden but a driving force to make me go harder and something to live up to.
Chad Ricardo: Gotta appreciate that level of focus and wherewithal coming from a young man. Let’s speak on this though— you surprised a lot of people by choosing Pallotti. I know coach Ian Thomas had a lot to do with that. What about you all’s coaching staff, your teammates and culture made the Panthers the right choice for you?
Blake Corum: I just felt like I fit in at Pallotti. Some people said, “that school’s too small you need to go to a bigger school”, but at the end of the day it’s not about the size it’s about your family, coaches, teammates. We have the best coaching staff out there.
Chad Ricardo: Honestly, I feel you on that. You do have amazing coaches and your teammates are some of my favorite student athletes in the nation. Let’s turn the page to you all’s progress on the field thus far. You suffered 2 heart breaking defeats early, but you seem to have rebounded–now stringing off 3 consecutive impressive W’s. What does this team need to focus on to continue its winning ways?
Blake Corum: The first two games were tough, but as a team we had to let that go and move on. Since then we’ve been on a roll and just have to focus on 1 game at a time and try to improve every week.
Chad Ricardo: Well said, my dude. I’m going to get you out on this; as stated earlier, I know YOU make a lot of sacrifices to work out early in the morning. To play sports year round, all the while keeping up with your studies– but your family has a lot to do with that as well. If your parents are reading this interview right now, what would you like to let them know in terms of the how you feel about the opportunities they’ve presented for you thus far in life?
Blake Corum: Well first I would like to thank the man above because without him nothing in possible. Then I would like thank my three sisters because they sacrifice just as much as I do. Finally I would like to thank my Mom and Dad for all their sacrifice they have done for me and how many great opportunities they’ve given me and it’s truly a blessing to know your family will do anything for you to be successful and I love them so much.
Chad Ricardo: Blake Corum, as talented as you are on the field, you’re just as good a young man off of it. Keep doin’ you, brother! I wish you health, happiness and success.